Ghanaian President Nana Akuffo-Addo

Ghana orders arrest of citizens behind demolition of Nigeria’s diplomatic quarters

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

Following the demolition of the official residential quarters of the Nigerian diplomatic corps in Accra, Ghanaian President Nana Akuffo-Addo has ordered the immediate arrest of the culprits behind the dastardly act.

Mr. Geoffrey Onyeama, Nigeria’s Honourable Minister for Foreign Affairs, stated this at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19, in Abuja, FCT.

Official residential quarters of the Nigerian diplomatic corps destroyed in Accra 

Onyeama said: “We have engaged with the highest level of authority in Ghana. The Foreign Minister went today (Monday) with the officials of the Nigerian High Commission to the land registry because it appears that there are some people who are claiming that they have legitimate title over that piece of land.”

“And the message I received directly from the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ghana was that everything would be settled.

“That the President had directed for a very severe action to be taken against those who were responsible for that, including, if not immediate arrest and that they would be coming out with a definitive statement.”

Recall that the Federal Government earlier, had condemned in strong terms the unjustified demolition of the diplomatic quarters of the Nigerian High Commission in  Ghana.

According to Onyeama, the Vienna Convention regulates relations between countries, and that the attack on Nigeria’s was a clear violation of the principles of the convention.

Subsequently, the government Monday also summoned Ms. Iva Denoo, the Charge d’ Affaires of the High Commission of Ghana to Nigeria in Abuja.

Geoffery Onyeama discussing the development with Ms. Iva Denoo, Charge d’ Affaires of the High Commission of Ghana to Nigeria, in Abuja, Monday  

Onyeama had sent for her in connection with the demolition of the staff quarters of the Nigerian High Commission in her country.

In a post on his verified Twitter account, Geoffrey Onyeama (@GeoffreyOnyeama), June 22, 2020, the Minister said he demanded an urgent explanation of the incident and reinforcement of security around Nigeria’s diplomatic premises and staff in Ghana.

Report indicates that a Ghanaian businessman had showed up and accused the High Commission of encroaching on his land by showing some pieces of evidence to support his claim.

He later began to knock down the fence surrounding the building, sources said.

Armed men were said to have returned to the diplomatic quarters Friday, June 19 with a bulldozer and began to pulling down some structures still under construction.

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