Nigerian Man Cries For Help In Vienna, Austria

“I want the world to know that they are putting me in prison for nothing, for business they have collected their taxes, for business they have taken their dues, they are also taking me to prison for doing nothing, this is what I want the world to know. They take their taxes and they take all and my little gain they want to take it also from me again.”

Pascal Nwogu is a business man based in Vienna, Austria who specializes in buying secondhand cars and shipping them to all parts of Africa especially Nigeria his home country. People informed Global Reporters two weeks ago about an unusual but interesting drama he had performed when a team of policemen had come to his business office situated at Alberner Hafenzufahrtstraße 260, 1110 Vienna, Austria for a routine check.

According to the sources Pascal Nwogu had refused the policemen access to his business arena for inspection without first producing their warrant to do so and had stood on his ground. Pascal Nwogu said that the policemen realized how dogged he had been on his stand which he said that they had unbelievably never expected and knowing fully well the legal implications if they had forcefully trampled upon his right decided to quietly go into their car after much failed pressure and drove off.

Global Reporters made frantic efforts since then to get Pascal Nwogu to confirm the reports and to state exactly what had happened without success until today’s evening (10.04.2012). Pascal Nwogu who not only confirmed the reports but also cried for help in a voice that sounded like that of a defeated man who has given up hope said that he wants the world to ask the Austrian government what they want from him.

With his face looking worried and disturbed he said that he had got a letter from the Austrian authority asking him to pay accumulated bills from penalties of almost €13.000 that he cannot explain how they came about within two weeks or he would go to jail. He said that he was a father of two children and had got a wife to take care of and that they all depended on him, and that if the Austrian government wants him to go on the street and start selling drugs that they should let him know because he was tired of all these frustrations in his business life. He said two years ago his container fully loaded with motor parts meant for Nigeria had been seized and that a heavy penalty had been given to him to pay on top of that. He said that he had taken his case to his lawyer but that his lawyer told him that it was already too late to change the situation and that he had got no option left than to pay the money or go to prison. And when the reporter wanted to know if he had taken this problem to any professional organization for advice or help, he replied that he had lost hope because of the short notice that had hindered him from reaching out to those that would have been very helpful since some he had met told him that he had no alternative and the time had really tickled away.

He said that he was just waiting for them to come and take him to prison because he could not help it anymore. When the reporter queried him that there was no way he would not have been informed of his offence and also requested from him copies of the letters he had got from the authority in this regard, he simply replied “I will provide to you every document you want but know it that I was not warned and the only thing they told me was that I am polluting the air which is not true,” as at press time we were yet to get the documents.

“We want to also use this opportunity to warn our young Africans who are into illegal deals like drugs, prostitution and human trafficking etc. to desist from such dubious and uncivilized ways of living because they have caused more harm and damage to the image of African and Africans than they think.”

Mr. Pascal Nwogu who never stopped lamenting throughout the short interview said that the world should know that he was innocent, he said “I want the world to know that they are putting me in prison for nothing, for business they have collected their taxes, for business they have taken their dues, they are also taking me to prison for doing nothing, this is what I want the world to know. They take their taxes and they take all and my little gain they want to take it also from me again.”

“… the Austrian authority through their agencies should equally see it as a duty to encourage African entrepreneurs to succeed unlike constant intimidations and hostile approach they complain about against them most times. …We are not saying that the police should not do their jobs but the privileges bestowed on them by law should not be seen to have been abused but rather seen to have been exercised civilly.”

As Global Reporters congratulate Mr. Pascal Nwogu for his brave stand against the police inspecting his business premises without showing him their search warrant first, we equally urge other African shop owners to emulate his courage to stand on their right at all times but above all must respect the law of the land. We want to also use this opportunity to warn our young Africans who are into illegal deals like drugs, prostitution and human trafficking etc. to desist from such dubious and uncivilized ways of living because they have caused more harm and damage to the image of African and Africans than they think. Those drug dealers should know that they are murderers who are nothing but nuisance jumping from tram to underground making hard drugs accessible to our children thereby destroying their lives and future, while those into prostitution should know that AIDS is real and that a condom is not a guarantee that they cannot contact the dreaded virus.

And because what is good for the goose is also good for the gander, the Austrian authority through their agencies should equally see it as a duty to encourage African entrepreneurs to succeed unlike constant intimidations and hostile approach they complain about against them most times. For example, if policemen find it pleasurable going to a particular African restaurant, boutique or office etc. to control people now and then, the customers of such a place will stop coming because nobody wants embarrassment and the translation to this is that that shop owner or office should close up because he or she is not needed and as such has been systematically intimidated out of business or office. We are not saying that the police should not do their jobs but the privileges bestowed on them by law should not be seen to have been abused but rather seen to have been exercised civilly. Remember when legitimate entrepreneurs are forced out of businesses that some of them may have been forced into illegality and most times our children bear the brunt.

“Those drug dealers should know that they are murderers who are nothing but nuisance jumping from tram to underground making hard drugs accessible to our children thereby destroying their lives and future, while those into prostitution should know that AIDS is real and that a condom is not a guarantee that they cannot contact the dreaded virus.”

We appeal to co-operate bodies, professional individuals and organizations all over the world particularly within Austria and Nigeria to intervene on behalf of this father of two children and help him in any form possible especially professional counseling before he is sent to jail. Global Reporters have strongly advised him to go and see the authority and get clarification on how the bills came about and possibly agree on the mode reasonably attainable in paying the money in monthly installments. We equally appeal to the Austrian authority to please tamper justice with mercy and create room to negotiate the way forward because sending him to prison will not do anybody any good. think about his children, his wife and feel for them because of the psychological trauma and stigma they will go through if he is sent to jail.

Pascal Nwogu can be reached on this number: +436508420457

Global Reporters Vienna

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