The Ghanaian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration has apo;ogised to the Nigerian Government over the demolition of a building owned by the Nigerian High Commission to Ghana and began process to put the perpetrators to book.
The ministry noted that the destruction of the building being constructed to house staff and visiting diplomats to the High Commission was in breach of the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations.
Patmos Media Line reported exclusively that some hoodlums went to the site within the shout of the Police Headquarters on Friday night with a bulldozer and policemen who came to the site after an hour of distress call took worrisome handshakes with the hoodlums and drove off.
The plot of land in dispute houses the residence of the Nigerian High commissioners residence and four other buildings.
It was allocated to the Nigerian government in the sixties.
A portion of the land had remained undeveloped until eight years ago when building work began.
A Ghanaian businessman claims legitimate ownership of the land.
Nigeria and the Ghanaian governments resolved the ownership issue, when Nigeria paid fifty million Ghanaian cedis for the land.
Building works commenced on a portion of the land after all approvals were sought and obtained from regulatory authorities.
Reports say officials will be visiting the Nigerian High Commission tomorrow to access the damage done to the property.
There is no report of any arrest or questioning of the acts of the policemen who drove in for a worrisome handshake.
A Ghanaian official statement said, “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 10.30am, on Friday June 19, 2020. Patmos Media Line however insists the demolition was done in the night and wonders why night.
“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.”
The Ghanaian government, while expressing regrets over the incident, assured the diplomatic community in Ghana and the Nigerian High Commission that Ghana remains a law-abiding country that upholds the principle of the rule of law.
Ghana Foreign Affairs Statement on Nigerian diplomatic property
Nigeria’s Foreign Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama strongly condemned the demolition on Sunday morning.
“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”, Onyeama tweeted.
“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”, he wrote.