Nigeria demands explanation from Ghana on diplomatic premises attack

indafrica June 23, 2020
Updated 2020/06/23 at 3:21 AM

Nigeria sought answers from Ghana following an attack on its diplomatic premises in the Ghanaian capital, Accra.

Nigerian Minister of Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama spoke to the Chargè d’ Affaires of the High Commission of Ghana to Nigeria, Iva Denoo, on Monday to demand an explanation on the incident.

Onyeama also said that they discussed the reinforcement of security around diplomatic premises and staff.

On Sunday, Onyeama said that a residential building within the compound of Nigeria’s diplomatic premises was demolished by unidentified people using a bulldozer.

He, however, did not say when the incident took place.

Onyeama said that every effort was being done to find the people behind the incident and secure the lives of its citizens and their property.

This incident may raise speculation of diplomatic tensions between the two West African countries which do not share a common border.

In January, the Nigerian government denied that it was involved in a diplomatic row with Ghana after claims that Nigeria’s High Commission had been violated and its occupants evicted by authorities.

The property in question was located in Accra, on No.10 Barnes Road, according to Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs ministry.

A statement by the ministry then said that the property’s lease had recently expired recently and the High Commission was exploring the possibility of renewing the lease agreement with the host authorities.

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