We are law-abiding - Nigerian community in Ghana warns against stereotyping its nationals

We are law-abiding - Nigerian community in Ghana warns against stereotyping its nationals

The Nigerian community in Ghana has assured the security agencies that they’ll help arrest members who engage in criminal activities in Ghana.

The leadership of the Nigerian community in Ghana have pledged support to the security agencies to assist with the arrest members of the community who commit crimes in the country.

They say contrary to the negative narratives and stereotypes, the majority of Nigerians in Ghana are law abiding but just a few of them are damaging the reputation of Nigeria.

The group addressed the media over the weekend and disclosed that it has forwarded an official correspondence to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) offering its collaboration in curbing crime.

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The President of the All Nigerian Communities in Ghana, Moses Owharo, also warned against stereotyping all Nigerians in Ghana.

Nigerians are law-abiding people but in a big society, Ghanaian people say there is no house where there is no Mensa. You cannot say because there is a Mensa in the house, then all the other names are Mensa,” he said.

He said we must get hold of the few ones who are tarnishing their image and reform them. And ‘‘if we cannot reform them, we put them where they should be; that is in the prisons.

Recent involvement of Nigerians in some high profile kidnapping cases have heightened anxiety towards nationals from neighboring West African countries.

Regardless of a lack of compelling evidence to back these fears, there are calls for foreigners to be profiled in Ghana.

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Famous of all is the case that involves Sam Udoetuk Wills, suspected to have masterminded the disappearance of the three girls in Sekondi Takoradi.

Ghana’s police are also on hunt for some three other Nigerians who allegedly kidnapped a 61-year-old Lebanese Consular General and Head of Mission of Estonia to Ghana.

These worrying incidents coupled with the apprehension of Nigerians has led to tensions in some Ghanaian communities.

At Chinese, a suburb in Kasoa, some residents threatened to take the law into their own hands by chasing out all Nigerian nationals from the community following the killing of a two-year-old boy by men suspected to be Nigerians.

Meanwhile, Security Analyst, Adam Bonaa, has urged President Nana Akufo-Addo to engage the Nigerian community on the disturbing issue of crime.

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