Nigeria summons Ghanaian ambassador over demolished diplomatic building
The Nigerian Government has summoned the Charge d’ Affaires of the High Commission of Ghana to Nigeria, Iva Denoo, over the demolition of Nigeria’s diplomatic building in Ghana.
Denoo was summoned by Nigeria’s foreign affairs minister Geoffrey Onyeama on Monday.
During the meeting, Onyeama said he demanded an urgent explanation of the incident and reinforcement of security around Nigeria’s diplomatic premises and staff in Ghana.
Unknown armed men stormed the Nigerian High Commissioner’ residence in Accra with bulldozers to demolish a block of apartments in the diplomatic building on Friday night.
The building which was still undergoing construction was being built to house staff and visiting diplomats to the Nigeria High Commission in Ghana.
Nigerian Government on Sunday confirmed the incident and demanded immediate actions be taken by Ghana authorities on the incident.
“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,” Nigeria’s foreign affairs minister Geoffrey Onyema said.
Forty-eight hours after the demolition, the Government of Ghana on Sunday said it has begun an investigation into the incident.
Ghana’s Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration ministry said it “has beefed up security at the said facility and the situation is under control.”
“Accordingly, investigations are ongoing to unravel the facts of the matter and bring the perpetrators to book.”