By Shola Akingboye, 8th October, 2020
The Nigerian in Diaspora Commission has expressed its dismay as it rejects a trending online video posted by a Ghanaian Police officer, accusing Nigerians living in Ghana of criminals behind a seized fake US dollar starched in bundles, says the Commission sensed a foul play as it invites INTERPOL for further investigation to unravel the weighty stigmatisation against Nigerians.
In the press release by the Head, Media and Public Relation of the Commission, Abdur-Rahman Balogun on Thursday, it reads in parts:
“It has come to the notice of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), a video depicting Nigerians living in Ghana as criminals by an unknown Ghanaian officer who was seen displaying bundles of fake US Dollars allegedly, in his words, found on some Nigerians in Ghana while moving from one area to another in a vehicle”
“The unknown officer, who shielded his identity in the said video, claimed that the fake USD currency was allegedly found in the Toyota Jeep under the seat in which some run away Nigerians were driving and warning Ghanaians to be wary of Nigerians living in Ghana”
“But the one minute four seconds video raises more questions than answers”
“If the so called seized vehicle has a Nigeria plate number, (and the vehicle was not displayed) does that mean the occupants are Nigerians?”
“Why would a supposedly law enforcement officer present such a video with grievous allegations and not show his face ?”
“The follow-up comments on the video by the anonymous Ghanaian security officer denigrating a sovereign state like Nigeria and her people, without any concrete evidence linking any Nigerian to the said event, is questionable and most unfortunate and smirks of an attempt to blackmail Nigerians resident in Ghana”
“The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission ( NIDCOM) has forwarded the video to INTERPOL for further scrutiny and thorough investigation.”
“While insisting that any Nigerian who commits a crime would pay for it , we emphasize again that information such as in the video attempting to denigrate Nigeria and Nigerians is despicable and condemnable in its entirety.” NIDCOM posited.