- Ghana has reacted to the demolition of Nigeria's high commission building
- In a touching letter to the federal government, the West African nation regretted the act by some of its public officials
- The African country promised Nigeria that it must ensure that the persons responsible for this are punished
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The Gold Coast (Ghana) has apologised to the federal government over the demolition of a building occupied by Nigeria's high commission staff.
Regretting the act carried out by some Ghanaian public officials, the country's ministry of foreign affairs and regional integration described it as a violation of the "Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations."
In a press statement sent to the Nigerian government, the ministry apologised for the development and vowed to bring the culprits to book, PM News reports.
Having beefed up security at the said site, the West African nation noted that investigation into the details of the issue is underway.
It added: “While expressing regrets over the incident, the Ministry wishes to reassure the diplomatic community in Ghana and the Nigerian High Commission in particular that Ghana remains a law-abiding country that upholds the principle of the rule of law."
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that in what would be a shock to many Nigerians home and abroad, a Ghanian businessman had 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.
Officials of the commission reportedly contacted the police but efforts were not made to prevent the demolition.
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Meanwhile, in a swift reaction, foreign affairs minister, Geoffrey Onyeama, condemned the attack on the Nigerian commission.
"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, in a bid to stem recurrence of building collapse in the state, the Lagos State Building Control Agency (LASBCA) had said it had pulled down 30 out of 80 distressed buildings marked for demolition in Lagos Island.
General manager of LASBCA, Olalekan Shodehinde, told journalists in Lagos on Wednesday, April 10, that the demolition would come in phases because some of the buildings were subject of litigation.
Legit.ng gathered that Shodehinde said the demolished buildings were located at Elegbata street, Apongbon; Tokunbo street, by Glover; Inabiri street, Egatin street, Ojo Giwa and John Street among others.
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