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Xenophobic Attacks On Nigeria Traders In Ghana: Over 1000 Nigerian Traders Shops Locked Down Since December 1st.

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The Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Olufemi Abikoye, has decried the rising attacks on shops owned by Nigerians in Ghana since the Federal Government of Nigeria shut its borders.

The ambassador to Ghana Olufemi Abikoye in a statement revealed that about 1,000 shops owned by Nigerians had been shut as a retaliation for the border closure which began in August and there was need for both Ghana and Nigeria to settle things amicably so as not to destroy the good relationship between both countries.

He said The shutting of the shops is being enforced by the Ghana Union of Traders’ Association “It is recalled that there has been ongoing tension between Ghanaian and Nigerian traders of recent, “The excuse for their action was linked to Nigeria’s temporary closure of its land border and the short-listing of about 45 products from the ECOWAS trade liberalization scheme, an action which they claimed crippled their trading activities with Nigeria.

“Given the above scenario, it is pertinent to note that such attacks by GUTA which could threaten the national security of both countries and mar bilateral relations may likely continue if drastic steps are not taken by both governments to address the issue amicably.”

He noted that GUTA, on Monday, carried out another round of attacks on Nigerian retailers. The attackers, wielding various weapons, carried out the attacks at Circle Tip Toe Lane, near the Kwame Nkrumah Interchange in Accra, Ghana.

The attack occurred following an attempt by the Nigerians to reopen their shops which were locked on December 1, 2019 by members of GUTA allegedly using operatives of the Ghana Police Force.

This led to a clash between the two sides. He noted, however, that the shops were under lock and key as the situation was a bit tense.

The commissioner said though no live was lost during the incidence, seven arrests were made, four of who are Nigerians: Uche Onwurah, Chizoba Onwurah, Abuchi Kenneth, Onyekachi Iheoma and Darlington Logo, and three Ghanaians.there is an ongoing dialogue between the High Commissioner and the Ghanaian Government functionaries on the best way to permanently put the situation under control.

Meanwhile The house of representative has described attacks on Nigerian traders in Ghana as xenophobic.

House of Representative at the plenary on Wednesday condemned the attacks on Nigerian traders in Ghana, saying it is a transfer of aggression by Ghanaians over the closure of Nigeria’s land borders urged the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission and the Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs to investigate the attacks.

The House also mandated the Committees on Diaspora Affairs, Foreign Affairs, and Treaties, Protocols and Agreements to “consider and investigate the recent developments among traders in Ghana and ensure that another xenophobic attack on Nigerians is prevented.”

The move followed the unanimous adoption of a motion sponsored by the Chairman, House Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, titled ‘Recent attacks on Nigerian Traders in Circle Market, Ghana.’

developments among traders in Ghana and ensure that another xenophobia attack on Nigerians is prevented.”

The move followed the unanimous adoption of a motion sponsored by the Chairman, House Committee on Diaspora Affairs, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, titled ‘Recent attacks on Nigerian Traders in Circle Market, Ghana.’

The lawmaker further recalled that the National Association of Nigerian Traders warned the minister, that the law could spark xenophobic attacks from ignorant persons.

She said, “On December 2, 2019, the Ghanaian police, in the bid to control the mayhem, were pelted with stones by some of the traders, this act resulted to a repel attack by firing shots to control the crowd. Some arrests were made and detainees are currently undergoing further investigations at the police headquarters.

“According to the President of Nigeria Union of Traders in Ghana, Mr Chukwuemeka Levi Nnaji, Nigerian traders were physically attacked on December 2, 2019. The claim is that GUTA used the Ghanaian police force to lock the shops on the night of December 1, 2019, and when the Nigerian traders realized on the morning of December 2, 2019, that their shops were locked and decided to break the padlocks, the Ghanaian traders were agitated and started attacking Nigerians with all manner of weapons, including woods and iron.”

Akande-Sadipe further said, “The House is concerned that these attacks on Nigerians could be as a result of the President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration in August on the closure of all land borders in order to prevent any import or export of products via road as a way of combatting illegal goods in our market.

“According to other Economic Community of West African States members, the move goes against favorable trade provisions set out by ECOWAS, which promotes the movement and trade across the region’s borders. Traders in Ghana want the Ghanaian government to hit back at Nigeria with financial measures and basic law enforcement.

“The House notes that the recent attacks have resulted in three or four persons being injured and six persons arrested. The Ghanaian officials and police force have called on all traders to call off the forced closures and blockades in the streets, believing that any clampdown could cause more havoc and strain the relationship with Nigeria.”

Several lawmakers who seconded the motion warned against another xenophobic attacks on Nigerians in Ghana as being experienced in South Africa.

 

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