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Abike Dabiri-Erewa, chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), addressing journalists /Photo: NAN

Nigerian government condemns attacks on its nationals in Ghana

The Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has condemned, what it described as “renewed attacks on Nigerian traders” in Ghana, describing it as unnecessary.

A bloody clash between Ghanaian and Nigerian traders occurred at Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra on Monday morning.

Three persons, according to the Ghanaian police, were injured during the clash, following the forcible closure of shops belonging to some Nigerian traders by their Ghanaian counterparts.

The Chairman/CEO of the commission, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, condemned the incident in a statement issued by NIDCOM’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun.

She said the reported cases of attacks on Nigerian shops and traders by Ghanaians were quite unfortunate.

According to her, the attacks are happening at a time xenophobic attacks are becoming unpopular.

She said that such attacks should be a thing of the past following interventions of Nigerian and Ghanaian leaders after September’s xenophobic attacks on foreigners and their businesses in South Africa.

The NIDCOM boss, however, appealed to Nigerians in Ghana, especially shop owners, not to take laws into their hands by retaliating, but to remain calm and allow law enforcement agents to deal with the situation.

“I hereby appeal for calm from both sides and implore the law enforcement agencies to protect the lives and properties, especially those of Nigerians, from being attacked pending the resolution of the matter,” she pleaded.

Reports say that the clashes followed the closure of shops belonging to some Nigerian traders at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Ghana.

NAN

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