Preface of "The Red Carpet Prisoner"
This is the true story of an African prince who was born into a large, polygamous family in Nigeria, Africa. He finished his primary and secondary school, despite his father’s efforts to make him become a peasant farmer. He later became a police officer. However, being a police officer did not protect him from being defrauded by a Nigerian fraudster and his accomplices; a voodoo man and woman. Still, he risked all he had to look for a new life in Germany. There in Germany, he fell in love with a woman who not only became his wife, but also provided the seed money for a successful international business based in his homeland, Nigeria.
Then, one quiet night, the German authorities kicked in the door and ransacked his house, terrifying his entire family of four, and arrested him on marijuana-related charges. As he struggled to adjust to being imprisoned, everything, including his company, started to collapse on him—everything, that is, except the love of his wife. The German justice system, which he had thought would uphold justice in its highest modern standard, delivered only unresponsive judges and unreliable lawyers, doing justice like business: the buying and selling of accused persons. His commitment to his family was even questioned by some of them, because he was black and his wife was white. Many of his fellow prisoners facing similar torment fell into the sway of apathy, hopelessness and excessive cigarettes smoking.
Naturally, few people speak about being imprisoned, especially if they have been convicted of criminal offenses. Nevertheless, this author intends to escort readers through the flawed system, from the hands of the defense lawyers, police, and court, and into the jails and prisons of Germany, without being ashamed of the charges on which he was convicted. His intention is not to prove his guilt or innocence, but to tell of the hell he and his family went through during his imprisonment and the respite he found in the love of God and of his wife.
Most importantly, this book highlights the power of love on one side and the destructive power of imprisonment on the other. The author hopes that his observations of himself and his fellow prisoners will help people, including the friends and families of the imprisoned persons to understand what the justice system is all about. Most of all, he encourages people to respect love and the hope and encouragement it can bring while starting a new life of freedom.