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NIGERIA HIGH COMMISSION BUILDING DEMOLITION: Akufo-Addo Apologizes To Buhari


President Nana Akufo-Addo has sent an apology to the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari over the demolition of a building at the premises of the Nigerian High Commission in Accra.


According to reports, President Akufo-Addo placed the phone call to his brother, H.E Buhari on Tuesday, June 23.


In a statement, some suspects have been arrested in connection with the demolition exercise whiles police has opened investigations into the matter.


ThinkNewsOnline has gathered that the Nigerian government has summon the second in command of the High Commission of Ghana to Nigeria, Ms Iva Denoo, questioning her on the demolition of parts of the Nigerian Embassy in Ghana.


Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Minister, Geoffrey Onyeama took to his Twitter to announce the tragedy on Monday.

He said "I have summon the in-Charge of Affairs of the High Commission of Ghana to Nigeria, Ms Iva Denoo to demand urgent explanation over the recent attacks on one residential building for our diplomatic premises and reinforcement of security around diplomatic premises and staff."


Information gathered indicates that some armed men stormed the official residence of Nigerian High Commission in Ghana with bulldozers destroying some buildings on the property.


It is emerging that the demolished building is a new property being put up for staff who visits diplomats of the High Commission.

An Accra-based radio station reported that an armed man allegedly threatened the Nigerian High Commission staff present on the day of demolition to step aside and not interfere.


Head of security at the High Commission, Emmanuel Kabutey said "The armed men had the backing of National Security. They said if any of us try, he will clear us off"


He added that the police on arrival, headed straight to the leader of the armed men, had a chat, exchanged contacts and allowed them to go.


Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Charles Owiredu revealed that the attacks were unfortunate.


Owiredu said "What happened during the early hours of Saturday is unfortunate, the High Commission and Embassies were inviolable within the Vienna Convention."


The Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister further added that they have picked up some intelligence adding that the demolishing exercise is linked to some land ownership struggle between the Nigeria High Commission and Osu Traditional Authority.

Meanwhile, Nigerians living in Ghana on Friday, registered their displeasure through a peaceful demonstration fuming at the Foreign Affairs Minister for Nigeria, Geoffrey Onyeama.


Story by: Magdalene Maame Abena Serwaa Asante

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