- A Nigerian woman has taken her own life in Ghana
- The woman killed herself over the closure of shops by authorities in the country
- Some Nigerians in Ghana alleged that traders were being unnecessarily stressed by Ghanaian authorities
Following the closure of her shops by Ghanaian authorities, a Nigerian woman and mother of three children has killed herself, the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTs), Ghana Chapter, reported in Abuja on Tuesday, October 9.
The association made the development known when the leadership visited the senior special assistant to the president on foreign affairs and diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, to seek the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari on the matter.
The president of NANTS, Ghana, Chief Chukwuemeka Nnaji, said Stella Ogonna Okpaleke, a Nigerian whose shops were locked for her failure to meet strict trading conditions put by the Ghana government took her life on September 22.
Nnaji, armed with a petition to Buhari, called for the intervention of the federal government over the alleged maltreatment of Nigerian businessmen in Ghana.
“Regrettably on Saturday, September 22, one of our female members, Stella Ogonna Okpaleke, whose shop has been under lock and key by the Ghana authority killed herself. She committed suicide based on her shop and that of her husband that were locked; the information we gathered was that when they locked the shop she lost hope of reopening it.
“She is from Nnewi local government area in Anambra; we actually don’t know how much she owed, but we learnt that she took loan for her business,” he said.
According to him, the harassment on the Nigerian community and traders in Kumasi, Ghana, is so severe.
“It is unfortunate that that very woman decided to take her own life,” Nnaji said and called on Buhari to urgently intervene to avert similar incidents in the future. He said Nigerian traders were being unnecessarily stressed by Ghanaian authorities.
In her remark, Dabiri-Erewa expressed the federal government’s condolences to the union and the family of the deceased. She appealed to members of the union to remain calm and assured them that the president would intervene in their case to ensure a lasting solution to the problem.
“I am just going to start by appealing to you, I know it is painful, it is emotional, it is deep but I just urge you to remain calm. I appeal to you to remain calm and may the soul of Stella rest in perfect peace. When she is about to be buried, let us know so that we may send our condolence message to the family," she said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalls that Nigerian traders were shut out of their business premises in line with an eviction order of July 27.
The Ghanaian authority is demanding that traders must have one million dollars as minimum foreign investment capital to do business in Ghana as stipulated in its Ministry of Trade and Industry Act, 2013.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that out of the 30 suspected armed robbers arrested in three separate operations carried out by the Pokuase district police in Ghana, five of them are females while the other 25 are Nigerians with age range between 18 and 34.
The police in the country confirmed that those arrested were found with illegal and some stolen items.
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