A residential building in Nigeria’s diplomatic premises in Ghanaian capital city Accra was attacked twice, Nigeria’s foreign affairs minister said on Sunday.
Geoffrey Onyema said unknown persons demolished the building using a bulldozer. He did not say when the demolition was carried out
We are engaging the Ghanaian Government and demand urgent action to find the perpetrators and provide adequate protection for Nigerians and their property in Ghana,” Onyema said.
Fred Smith, the editor of Ghana-based JoyNews said the men who demolished the building were armed and threatened to shoot the staff of the Nigerian High Commission who tried to interfere.
The head of security Emmanuel Kabutey at the high commission said it was likely the people who demolished the building had the backing of some people in government or Government itself.
“When the police came, they did not come to us or any other person but rather went straight to the man [leader of the armed men] they had a friendly chat, exchanged numbers with him and allowed him to go,” Kabutey told JoyNews
“When they came back in, they took pictures but did not ask me or my boys anything.”
Nigerian businesses and nationals have come under increasing attacks in the West African country in recent years.
37 Nigerian traders were arrested and detained by the Inter-Governmental Task Force constituted by the Ghanaian Government in 2018. About 10 shops owned by Nigerians were also locked up on Tip Toe Lane at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle Ghana on the pretext that they were yet to regularise their business concerns as prescribed by law.
In December 2019, Nigerian lawmaker Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, who chairs the Committee on Diaspora Matters in the House of Representatives, said over 600 shops belonging to foreign traders, most of whom were Nigerians, were forcefully locked up on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle by the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA).
Nigerians in Ghana have been finding live in Ghana difficult and the Ghana Government are not doing anything regards to this, to the best of our knowledge.