Friday, 25 June

Nigeria condemns High Commission property demolition

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari

The government of Nigeria has condemned the demolition of a property belonging to her High Commission in Ghana at the Osu Ringway.

The Foreign Affairs Minister of Africa’s most populous country, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, said in a series of tweets that: “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”, Mr Onyeama added.

Meanwhile, the government of Ghana has also launched a probe into the destruction of the property.

Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it will unravel the facts of the matter and bring the perpetrators to book while, in the interim, intensifying security at the property.

“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 Nigeria High Commission in Accra and demolished the property under construction around 10:30 pm on Friday, 19th June 2020”, the ministry noted in a statement.

“The Ministry views with concern this development which is a breach of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR, 1961). 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.”