We need good West African neighbours

The police in the Eastern Region have announced their arrest of more than 100 suspected criminals, including some Qnet agents, in a swoop at such places Koforidua, Somanya, Okere, AsesewaBegoro and Huhunya.

The Ghanaian Times knows that criminals always find ways and means to outwit even the police to have their way but some members of the public must be blamed for the crimes they fall victim to.

One such crime isQnet, which exploits the workings of Qnet, a marketing company,to swindle people under the guise of network marketing.

QNET is a global e-commence-based direct selling company that provides customers around the world with unique high-quality products and services, while giving them the opportunity to build a sales business by promoting these products.

Theproducts of the Hong Kong-based multi-level marketing company owned by the QI Group include energy, weight management, nutrition, personal care, home-care and fashion accessories on an e-commerce platform. 

Basically, the Qnet agents ask members of the public to buy the products and introduce such products to others so they can accumulate some points, which eventually would be paid for in cash.

At a point they make people who have come to be associated with them to invest their hard-earned money on the promise of an enormous wealth.

Every curious and a cautious mind would cringe at the enormous profit but the gullible would fall for it and in the end they are duped.

It is like any Ponzi scheme in which the victims are made to believe that profits are coming from legitimate business activity.

The Ghanaian Times agrees that times are hard and so people would like to make the little they can out of opportunities that promise better life.

However, the people must discuss some of these opportunities with others who have appreciable knowledge and can analyse them and give some advice.

This is because a little wrong decision can ruin not only the lives of the victims but also worsen even those of others associated with them in one way or another.

Away from Qnet to crime in general, the paper is tempted to state that the numbers of some citizens of our West African neighboursinvolved in crimes in the country is worrying.

In the current swoops, as in previous ones across the country, the suspects included Nigeriens, Malians, and Burkinabes, aged 15 to 35, this time without the mentioning of Nigerians but previous criminal cases have prominently named them.

Our neighbours are involved in  allmanner of criminal and illegal activities in the country, including kidnapping, galamsey and raping of Ghanaian women and even under-age girls as it is the case by Fulani herdsmen.

This is not to say we should expel citizens of our neighbouring countries, but this paper thinks it is about time the leadership of Ghana raised the issue with their counterparts in the West African sub-regionas an attempt to seek collaboration to stop the trend.

This is important because it could be that one day the patience of Ghanaians would be over-stretched and the backlash would be difficult to handle.

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