The Nigerian government on Monday summoned the Ghanaian High Commissioner in Nigeria, Iva Denoo, over the demolition of a section of the Nigerian embassy in Accra, Ghana.
Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, in a Twitter post, said he had actually asked the Ghanaian official to give an “urgent description” on the recent attacks on Nigeria’s diplomatic house and the staff in Accra.
“Summoned the Chargè d’ Affaires of the High Commission of #Ghana to Nigeria, Ms Iva Denoo to require immediate explanation on the current attacks on a residential building in our diplomatic facilities and support of security around diplomatic properties and personnel,” Mr Onyeama tweeted.
On Friday night, armed males apparently stormed the Nigerian High Commissioner’s home that hosts a block of uncompleted homes suggested for checking out diplomats and by force turned away staff who existed at the scene.
Later on, the structure was demolished by the guys who stated they had the assistance of the Ghanaian National Security while the cops, also present at the location, reportedly viewed on without interceding.
Following the attacks, Mr Onyeama swore to investigate the demolition by engaging the Ghanaian federal government to “demand urgent action to discover the perpetrators and provide adequate defense for Nigerians and their residential or commercial property in Ghana.”
In the past months, the relations in between Ghana and Nigeria have ended up being tense especially in the location of trade following the border closure by the Nigerian federal government
A diplomatic spat might deepen between the two countries, if not handled well.
The Ghanaian Ministry of Foreign Affairs had earlier knocked the attack describing the advancement as “a breach of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR, 19610).”
On the other hand, a Ghanaian king, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, claimed the tract where the Nigerian High Commissioner’s residence stood, belongs to the Osu Stool, a council of regional chiefs and was not state-owned.
Mr Dowuona said the land was surpassed by a particular Nigerian company “with the political backing of the Nigerian embassy” without paying for ownership to the OSU Stool that “has the required to grant lease be it ended or otherwise.”
Prior to the demolition, Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in January, called out the Nigerian Federal government for failing to restore the affected property after the expiration of its lease therefore, “the home went back to the state in compliance with Article 258 of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution,” Ghanaian regional media reported.
However Nigeria’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs described in a declaration that residential or commercial property under reference was in usage by the Federal Ministry of Financing, because 1957, on leasehold and was later on bequeathed to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.”