Theft in Harbour by Ghanaians Politicians
When I have read considerable number of articles unveiling how Ghanaians abroad are treated by the customs officers and security officers (BNI) at Ghanaian Harbours, I made it my plight and decided to pose as an ordinary Ghanaian who had struggled abroad and wanted to send my things home. In this research purposes, I had brought with me two over-aged cars which I had purposed to use them in Ghana. Due to the nature of this old car, I was to pay a huge sum of money which I would not be capable of getting it out from the harbour unless I make a transit to Togo. This would enable me to register and use the car in both Togo and Ghana for sometime. (I have on sundry occasions brought cars and had paid the normal duties) Here are my experiences.
I had been subjected to meticulous pain by not only Customs officers, National Security Officers, but also by agents who tried to dupe me with money for making this transit. But it is the manner one Mr Bo Amissah, a security officer's plays tricks on poor Ghanaians in order to seize/steal their cars and share them with Ghanaian politicians that calls for a serious alarm. When after so many sleepless nights and careful observation my agents and I had succeeded in paying through all the necessary fees and duties, we were granted permission from these custom officers/government to remove the cars from the harbour. First, the customs officers had given us an escort officer who was to go with us to Togo; he being so kind had accompanied us to the Atlas where my cars were deposited because they had been over 6o days in the harbour. But when it was time for us to receive endorsement from the security officer called Bo Amissah, he would not allow us to transport the car to Togo by road. Why? According to him, the President, Professor Mills, (and not parliament) had made a law that all transits from abroad to Togo which had a seaport should be directed to the sea and not to land. This is ridiculous! When we had investigated about this new law, we found out from his superior X and his colleagues that it was not true. Amissah was lying. Mr Bo Amissah had his office at the Tema Harbour, but he never sits there and only uses his answering machine to answer numerous telephones coming to him, which he never calls back nor answers. During my investigation, I found out that Mr Bo Amissah had two houses where he utilises one of these houses as his office. But later I found out that he does not stay there either. The investigation from his superior and all other colleagues around him unveiled that, as he travels around pretending to be working, he makes sure that poor Ghanaians who want to remove their cars would not be able to do that until the days have overgrown and all these cars would be stolen by him in order to be shared by the NDC party members.
Mr Bo Amissah's pretence that the President, Professor Mills, had made a law that, countries with harbours should only use the seaport to do transport or transit was false. All his colleagues including his kind superiors had denied that. They were angry about his insubordination, which was an insult to the office of the humble Security officers, because his work does not include law interpretations but protection of the people's properties. This is the work of the custom officers and Mr Amissah wants to usurp these gently officers thier responsibilities. He refuses to call back when his own superiors who had knowledge of the law call him to explain that he was wrong. It seems he was more interested in my American cars than the service he had been employed to render (many people had confirmed that). Many of the agents and the poor Ghanaians I interviewed asserted that Mr Bo Amissah tactics to seize cars from poor Ghanaians who had struggled abroad in the cold stems from his greedy behaviour and attempts to please the NDC government who had placed him there. As a researcher from the Scandinavian, the officer, Mr Amissh had shown to me the nature of politics in the Third World, and how the people who had come to serve use the advantage they have to steal from the poor people they had come to serve. The developed world is aware of these greedy bastards who maltreat their own citizens who had struggled in the cold for years to obtain these properties. Like all politicians that shower insults in public such as Mr Kobi Acheampong, Mr Amissah does not deserve to remain in this position according to his own colleagues who suspected that I was also doing research about the Harbour situation. He has disgraced himself. The President inability to sack incompetent leaders and those who offend people in public has been described by analysts abroad and at home to be one of his weakest sides as President of this republic. During my research, I found out that there were many honourable persons who could do the job better than Mr Amissah; all his friends and superiors think that he is worse than “Mr Carl Wilson” who duped many innocent Ghanaians by unlawfully stealing/seizing their cars not only for himself but also fulfilling the greedy NDC officers in the government. Mr Amissah had successfully stolen the cars of many poor Ghanaians, but as for my cars he can never get them. He should travel abroad and go and work in the ghettoes, streets, and hotels to buy his own cars like many other Ghanaians. This is how his own colleagues described him” Carl Wilson II”, the thief that uses dubious means to snatch cars from ordinary Ghanaians abroad and at home to share with greedy party members. Incidentally, during one of my visits, he was complaining bitterly on the telephone about how the car sharing is being done without him getting one.
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The Author is a former Associate Professor in Åbo Akademi University in Finland and Uppsala University in Sweden. He is currently going to stay permanently and work at the University of Ghana, Legon, at the Department of Psychology as a lecturer. The author will do a radio interview and later will present a full report of his Social psychological interaction study at the Tema port.