July 15, 2020

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Ghana apologises to Nigeria for embassy demolition

Armed men reportedly stormed the High Commission last week and destroyed a building under construction
Armed gentlemen reportedly stormed the Significant Commission very last 7 days and ruined a building under construction

Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo has apologised to Nigeria after a setting up inside the Nigerian Large Commission compound in Accra was demolished.

Mr Akufo-Addo has ordered an investigation, a assertion from the Nigerian governing administration claimed after his get in touch with with President Muhammadu Buhari.

Armed gentlemen reportedly stormed the compound previous week and wrecked properties less than construction.

Some of those people associated have been arrested.

A businessman who experienced beforehand claimed that he owned the land exactly where the developing was being put up had led the demolition operation, in accordance to an article posted on the Nigerian High Fee web page in Ghana.

“The male confirmed up last 7 days with some papers to guidance his declare and commenced to knock down the fence encompassing the constructing,” the posting offers a resource at the ministry of foreign affairs as indicating.

Nigeria’s International Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama claimed a bulldozer was made use of in the course of the 19 June incident which destroyed two residential structures.

He called the demolition “outrageous and legal” and urged Ghanaian authorities to protect Nigeria’s diplomatic structures.

Nigerians residing in Ghana held a demonstration on Monday to condemn the demolition.

Protesters
Protesters
Protesters
Protesters

Ghana’s foreign ministry claimed it regretted the incident and certain that an investigation would be executed, adding that security experienced been “beefed up” at the facility.

The country’s previous President John Mahama, on the other hand, condemned the demolition and criticised his successor’s federal government.

“It beats my creativity how this sort of a violent and noisy destruction could happen without our protection brokers finding up the indicators to avert the hurt,” Mr Mahama tweeted.

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Ghana and Nigeria are two of West Africa’s major economies, they get pleasure from cordial diplomatic relations but have experienced their share of tensions about the decades.

Last year some Nigerian-owned businesses in Ghana were being closed with some reviews declaring it was a retaliatory shift right after items belonging to Ghanaian businessmen had been seized by Nigerian authorities who have been clamping down on rice smuggling into the region.