Ghana: Prominent Nigerian Professor arrested, charged with incitement and breach of peace
A Nigerian Professor, Austin Nwagbara has been arrested by the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service.
He has been charged with incitement to breach of peace following the contents of a leaked tape in which he was captured making damming remarks about Ghana’s educational sector and alleged harsh treatment meted out to Nigerian resident in Ghana.
According to our sources, he reported himself in the company of Nigerian High Commission in Ghana, Ambassador Micheal Olufemi Abikoye to the Police and was subjected to hours of interrogation.
Professor Austin Nwagbara will be released on bail and is expected to be reporting to the police periodically until a final determination of the case as investigators are currently preparing a docket on the matter.
The remorseful English Professor and former Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University Of Lagos (UNILAG) was spotted at the CID headquarters as his statement was being taken.
It would be recalled that a video went viral in which he was heard urging his colleagues to employ the media from Nigeria to tear Ghana up.
He is quoted as having said, “The Nigerian community here is bad image for Nigerian we can take it back through the press, we can reverse. We have powerful media stations, channels broadcast all over world. Emm, well AIT has a problem now, NTA does many others, and there is online, active online social media they plot in Nigeria.
Let them come look at what we have said here today. Let them come here and run documentaries of the experiences on Nigerians and blast it all over the world. In three days Ghana will respond [clapping at the background]. I have been a media person, I have been a media person.
You cannot be here and suffering. Let the leaders get our media guys come here and cover what has been happening. Go to the student community go to the business community go to everywhere, come to the embassy. Go and confront the officials with the information and within one week, I can tell you part of what is happening. I’m sorry to say it but this is within us.
The present government in Ghana came on the grounds of Nigerian bashing. I have listened to things some of their top leaders have said all over the world in big major places. We did not take it back sir. If we take back they will sit up. So media strategy. One; Use their own media but you know everything I have been a press man there is no absolute truth in the media. The truth is even history is truth as presented. Let us use our own media and get back to them.
Let us see live cases, let our media with this stories we want to go to their prisons to see Nigerians of course they will turn you back, we broadcast it you do by the time you are through run series of documentaries on Nigerian relations of Nigerians”
By Gideon Sarpong | WakeU Africa 360