A Ghanaian businessman who claimed ownership of the said property invaded the premises with armed men while he supervised the demolishing of the apartments with the use of bulldozers. Embassy officials say the men threatened to shoot if they interfered in their operations.
In a protest, some Nigerian condemned the development and demanded action from the Ghanaian authorities.
Some of the angry protesters carried placards, screaming that Nigerians Lives Matter. They were stopped by the Police from entering the premises.
Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama has condemned with strong words the illegal demolition of the facility at Nigeria’s High Commission in Ghana.
“We strongly condemn two outrageous criminal attacks in Accra, #Ghana, on a residential building in our diplomatic premises by unknown persons in which a bulldozer was used to demolish the building.
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,” the foreign affairs minister tweeted.
On its part, The Ghanaian government has commenced an investigation into the unlawful demolition and promised that the perpetrators will be brought to book, this they revealed in a statement.
“It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration that unidentified individuals had allegedly breached the premises of the Nigerian High Commission in Accra and demolished its property under construction around 10:30 am, on Friday, June 19, 2020.
Accordingly, investigations are ongoing to unravel the facts of the matter and bring the perpetrators to book. Meanwhile, the government of Ghana has beefed up security at the said facility and the situation is under control” it said.
It reassured the Diplomatic Community, particularly the Nigeria High Commission, that Ghana remained a law-abiding country, adding that, it was “committed to upholding the principle of the rule of law, where due process is followed at all times.
The Government of Ghana assured Nigerians that the safety of Members of the Diplomatic Corps is of utmost priority.