The king of the Nigerian Igbo Community in Ghana, Eze Dr Chukwudi Jude Ihenetu, has said Ghana must arrest, prosecute and mete out the appropriate sanctions to any Nigerian found culpable of crime.
He said if the legal punishment for such a crime “is to kill, is to jail them, the government authority should do it”.
Speaking in an interview on Class FM, he admonished any Nigerian involved in kidnapping activities here in Ghana, Nigeria and any part the world.
““It is so bad for a Nigerian to be in kidnapping activities here in Ghana, even in Nigeria and all over the world.
I am telling the Ghanaian authority, please, if a Nigerian is arrested for such acts, they should please implement the laws on that individual immediately without wasting any time after prosecution,” he said.
In his view, a few criminal Nigerians were tainting the image of their fellow countrymen in foreign lands, a situation he described as appalling.
He, however, pleaded with the authorities in Ghana to desist from “generalising” and branding all “Nigerians as criminals”.
He emphasised that the majority of Nigerians are good and hardworking people who succeed in business and other ventures, and, therefore, noted that it was so bad that Nigerians would be found engaged in crimes in other countries and “this is giving Nigeria a bad name”.
“Nigerians in this country are not here to bring a problem to the people of Ghana and to destroy the country, Ghana. We are here to work hard and join our brothers, Ghanaians, to build this great nation that God has brought us here into, to live and do well here,” he emphasised.
He noted that they were ready and working “to identify the bad boys” and always advise their colleagues engaged in the act “to pack bag and baggage to leave this country else you will be arrested”.
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