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Nigerian Government Condemns Attack On Nigerian Traders in Ghana  

Austin Papi

The Federal Government has come out to condemn the renewed attacks on Nigerian traders in Ghana, describing them as uncalled for and unnecessary.

According to reports, there were new cases of clashes between Ghanaian and Nigerian traders on Monday which resulted in the arrest of six while others sustained minor injuries in the clash.

It was rumoured that the fight was caused by the closure of shops allegedly owned by some Nigerian traders at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Ghana.

Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, the Chairman, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), explained that the attacks came when xenophobic attacks were becoming unpopular. She claimed such attacks had been cleared due to the interventions of Nigerian and Ghanaian leaders who enacted a peace treaty for both nations to coexist unilaterally.

Dabiri-Erewa, in her statement issued on Tuesday by the Commission's Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, warned against reprisal attacks. She emphasized that the reported cases of attacks on Nigerian shops and traders by Ghanaians were confirmed to be unfortunate but true and urged the traders to avoid reprisal attacks.

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

"I also appealed to Nigerians in Ghana, especially the shop owners, not to take laws into their hands by trying to retaliate but to remain calm and allow law enforcement agents to deal with the situation."

In the wake of 2019, there has been severe tension between Ghanaian and Nigerian traders. Over 600 shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Kumasi and other areas were shut down already this year by the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA).

Ghanaian traders claimed that foreigners, particularly Nigerians, Chinese, and Lebanese, have taken over their retail business and earn more than their indigenous traders.

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