17th June, 2019
STOP CRIMINALISING NIGERIANS AND OTHER AFRICAN
We have observed with dismay the continuous criminalisation of our
fellow Africans from Nigeria and other countries. This has come about
as a result of some Nigerian nationals suspected to be involved in
criminal activities. But this does not in any way make all Nigerians
criminals. If some are found breaking the law, they must be dealt with
through the due process of the law, rather than used as the yardstick
for judging everyone from Nigeria.
The penchant to label crime this way is the root of the heinous
Afrophobic attacks that have claimed the lives of many Africans in
South Africa. In our press release of 21st April 2019, we had cause to
condemn these attacks and call for measures against South Africa if
nothing was done to curb them. In the same light, we condemn
attempts by the police and media to reduce the crimes of robbery,
kidnapping and others to the presence of Nigerians in Ghana.
It is important to reiterate our position that no African should be seen
as a foreigner in Ghana or anywhere in Africa for that matter. For we
are all first Africans before being Ghanaians or Nigerians. It is the
preservation of colonially-imposed borders without regard to our larger
Africanness that has caused the division and rancour in our midst. We
must emancipate ourselves from this and unite our forces for
This nation was founded on the ideals of the African personality and
Pan-African solidarity. We must not betray this foundation.
17th March 2020
STATEMENT ON CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE
1. We have taken note of measures being taken by both government
and sectoral institutions to deal with the Coronavirus pandemic. It
is important to ensure optimum coordination, coherence and
2. Everything possible must be done to prevent an escalation. Our
healthcare system is overstretched and will be incapable of handling
a widespread outbreak of COVID-19.
3. Our scientific institutions and academics must be proactive in
working on local solutions including sanitisers and treatments. As
noted in our earlier release, health institutions should be in charge
of public briefings and not politicians.
4. Work should be started and/or hastened to complete all abandoned
health infrastructure across the country and put them to use in
readiness for any escalation.
5. Immediately finalise financial clearance to facilitate the
employment of all unemployed nurses and other health
professionals who have completed training but are left sitting idle,
to augment human resource for optimum handling of cases.
6. Allocate part of the GHC 500 million COVID-19 funding to provide
all necessary protective equipment to nurses, doctors and all other
healthcare professionals in all hospitals, clinics, health centres and
7. Part of the fund should be allocated to provide test kits to all district
hospitals. Ambulances should be equipped and be on standby to
attend to suspected cases.
8. Adequate allocation should be made to the Health Promotion
Directorate of the Ghana Health Service to intensify and extend
public education to the last inch of the country.
9. We expect full transparency in the disbursement of the GHC 500
million and all emergency funding earmarked for dealing with
10. There is the need for clear modalities to provide uninterrupted water
and electricity supply to all parts of the country. It is absolutely
unacceptable to have water shortages and “dumsor” during this
11. Ready revenue sources include recovering stolen monies by
individuals and organisations including but not limited to the
• Over GHC 600 million oil money unaccounted for between 2017
and 2018 as revealed by the Public Interest and Accountability
• GHC 33.7 million from the ten Oil Marketing Companies which
refused to pay their taxes between November 2016 and November
2017 as revealed by the Auditor-General report 2018
• GHC 10.1 million being tax exemptions granted to certain
companies without parliamentary approval
• GHC 25.5 million for 1,719 cars auctioned by the GRA between
2015 and 2017 that could not be accounted for as revealed by the
• More than GHC 3 billion in outstanding taxes not paid by certain
companies as revealed by the Auditor-General
• GHC 184 million paid to Zoomlion without due process in the
matter of the fumigation exercise under the National Mosquito
• GETFund monies
12. We reiterate our call for all to follow the guidelines on hand
washing, social distancing and other preventive measures.
THE MATTER OF THE KIDNAPPED TAKORADI GIRLS
We will first like to sympathise with families of Ruth Abakah, Priscilla
Blessing Bentum, Ruth Love Quayson and Priscilla Koranchie, the four
kidnapped girls for the trauma they have had to endure all these months.
Yesterday, the Inspector-General of Police held a press conference to
inform the public of the purported results of the DNA testing of human
remains that were suspected to be those of the four girls kidnapped more
than a year ago. It is not far from the case that such hastily and visibly
thoughtlessly organized press conference was an attempt to cover up the
ineptitude of the police and quickly close the case.
We decry the non-seriousness and unprofessionalism displayed by the
police since these kidnappings happened. The police claimed that the
suspect who was arrested on 22nd December 2018 escaped custody on
30th December 2018. The suspect later revealed that he was aided to
escape by some CID personnel. In fact, natives of Takoradi believe that
truly it was impossible for him to escape without any help. Has this
matter been investigated? Who were the culprit police officers? What
happened to them? Or was the suspect telling lies?
Ghanaians have not also forgotten the announcement by the Director-
General of the CID, Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah, that the police
knew where the girls were and that they would soon be brought back
safely to their families. Was she deliberately lying to the public? Are we
training our officers to peddle false hopes or deliver results
professionally? What punishment has she suffered for this unethical
The DNA testing was done on the basis of the discovery of certain
human parts. How is it possible that four bodies decomposed without
any residents reporting any stench? And is it possible for a dead body to
quickly turn into bones within one year of death? Why did they not visit
the place for over a year upon arresting the suspect?
With so many lingering questions, we agree with the families that the
police cannot be trusted on this matter. The Ghana Police Service has
failed the families and this country and cannot simply sweep the matter
under the carpet with a press conference.
We demand the resignation of the Head of the CID, Maame Tiwaa
Addo-Danquah, for her unprofessional handling of this matter and the
acting IGP, James Oppong-Bannuh for first failing to sack Maame
Tiwaa and then attempting to cover up this mess. We further call for an
independent investigation to answer the questions asked above.
Hardi Yakubu (Fighter-General)