Ghanian businessman orders demolition of apartments inside Nigerian high commission

Ghanian businessman orders demolition of apartments inside Nigerian high commission

- Some apartments in Nigerian high commission, Ghana, have been destroyed

- The apartments were destroyed on the order of a businessman

- Some of the apartments were being constructed to house staff and visitors

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In what will be a shock to many Nigerians home and abroad, a Ghanian businessman has supervised the demolition of some apartments in the Nigerian high commission in Accra, Ghana.

The business who invaded the high commission with armed men had accused the commission of encroaching on his land.

Some of the apartments destroyed were reportedly being constructed to house staff and visitors.

The Cable reports officials of the commission reportedly contacted the police but efforts were not made to prevent the demolition.

Meanwhile, in a swift reaction, foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, has condemned the attack on the Nigerian commission.

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"We strongly condemn two outrageous criminal attacks in Accra, #Ghana, on a residential building in our diplomatic premises by unknown persons in which a bulldozer was used to demolish the building," he wrote.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that Onyeama gave reasons for the demand for payment for feeding and accommodation at isolation centres from prospective evacuees in the diaspora before they could be qualified for flights that would bring them to Nigeria.

Ghanian businessman orders demolition of apartments inside Nigerian high commission
A Ghanian businessman has supervised the demolition of some apartments in the Nigerian high commission in Accra, Ghana. Credit: The Cable.
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Speaking on Friday, May 15 at the daily briefing of the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19, Onyeama said his ministry seized the initiative to compel stranded Nigerians to pay the sum because of lack of fund to take care of them at isolation centres back home.

He said the medical infrastructure in the country was already overstretched considering the sum being spent on COVID-19 tests.

His words: “There has been quite a lot in social media especially after the recent directives that we communicated to our missions indicating a certain amount of money that anybody who wanted to be evacuated back to the country needed to pay and it wasn’t just for their air ticket but also their accommodation for two weeks and two days and the cost of feeding.

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“Now this isn’t by any stretch of imagination something that the government is happy to do. As I mentioned, if the resources were there, we will evacuate everybody and if our medical infrastructure were solid and our case was much lower, we could look at other ways of revisiting our protocol.

“But the way things are, at the moment, the fragility of our health infrastructure, the trajectory of the increasing number of positive tests being what they are, we have to take the greatest care with regard to the protocol we adopt with people coming home.

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