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SCARSSCARS SCARS - Society of Citizens Against Relationship Scams Inc. A government registered crime victims' assistance & crime prevention nonprofit organization based in Miami, Florida, U.S.A. SCARS supports the victims of scams worldwide and through its partners in more than 60 countries around the world. Incorporated in 2015, its team has 30 years of continuous experience educating and supporting scam victims. Visit www.AgainstScams.org to learn more about SCARS.™ Irony: Ghana ScammerScammer A Scammer or Fraudster is someone that engages in deception to obtain money or achieve another objective. They are criminals that attempt to deceive a victim into sending more or performing some other activity that benefits the scammer. Demolishes Nigerian Embassy!
In an incredibly bold move, a Ghana scammer claimed to own the property where the Nigerian Embassy stood – ignoring Diplomatic Sovereignty completely.
The Ghana president was forced to apologize to the government of Nigeria for embassy demolition!
As the song says “And isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?”
According to the BBC:
Mr Akufo-Addo has ordered an investigation, a statement from the Nigerian government said after his call with President Muhammadu Buhari.
Armed men reportedly stormed the compound last week and destroyed buildings under construction.
Two local Ghanaian people have been arrested over the incident.
They have been charged with Unlawful Entry And Causing Unlawful Damage.
A businessman who had previously claimed that he owned the land where the building was being put up had led the demolition operation, according to an article posted on the Nigerian High Commission website in Ghana.
“The man showed up last week with some fake papers to support his claim and began to knock down the fence surrounding the building,” the article quotes a source at the ministry of foreign affairs as saying.
Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said a bulldozer was used during the 19 June incident which destroyed two residential buildings.
He called the demolition “outrageous and criminalCriminal A criminal is any person who through a decision or act engages in a crime. This can be complicated, as many people break laws unknowingly, however, in our context, it is a person who makes a decision to engage in unlawful acts or to place themselves with others who do this. A criminal always has the ability to decide not to break the law, or if they initially engage in crime to stop doing it, but instead continues.” and urged Ghanaian authorities to protect Nigeria’s diplomatic buildings.
Nigerians living in Ghana held a demonstration on Monday to condemn the demolition.
Ghana’s foreign ministry said it regretted the incident and guaranteed that an investigation would be conducted, adding that security had been “beefed up” at the facility.
The country’s former President John Mahama, however, condemned the demolition and criticised his successor’s government.
“It beats my imagination how such a violent and noisy destruction could occur without our security agents picking up the signals to avert the damage,” Mr Mahama tweeted.
As the largest economies in West Africa, Ghana and Nigeria’s diplomatic relationship is crucial to the region and trade is a key part of that relationship.
But recent incidents serve as a reminder that their diplomatic ties haven’t always been smooth. Last year disputes over the status of foreign traders led to the temporary closure of some Nigerian-owned shops. Another recent source of contention was Nigeria’s decision to close its border with Benin, which affected traders across the region, including Ghanaians.
Today both sides recognize the need for strong bilateral ties. Few expect to see the type of tensions witnessed in 1969-70 and 1983 when both sides expelled large numbers of the other’s citizens.
Unfortunately, though, Ghana is not following Nigeria’s lead in addressing scammers & cybercriminals. While Nigeria is arresting fraudsters as fast as it can confirm them, Ghana is doing nothing and willfully ignoring the problem within their borders. It is for this reason that SCARS is lobbying the U.S. government to substantially reduce Ghana’s foreign aid from the United States.