- The Nigerian government has promised to take urgent steps to address the forceful closure of shops owned by Nigerian traders in Ghana
- Videos showing Ghanaian policemen forcefully closing Nigerian-owned shops have been circulating on social media
- Reacting to the development, the minister of foreign affairs described the videos as painful, noting that urgent steps will be taken
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The federal government has reacted to the videos making round on social media showing shops of Nigerian traders in Ghana being locked up by the West African country's government authorities.
It was earlier reported that some Ghanian policemen forcefully shut a large shop belonging to a Nigerian businessman, in Accra, capital of Ghana.
The policemen, in a video obtained by PRNigeria, were observed, first threatening to close down the shop of the Nigerian, over the non-payment of $1 million, as tax.
However, the Nigerian business merchant, while fiercely challenging the security men’s action, claimed that he has paid both his company tax and all other necessary fees, even before registering his business.
The development has caused huge outrage on social media as Nigerians asked the federal government to intervene.
Reacting via a tweet on Monday, August 17, the minister of foreign affairs, Geoffery Onyeama, said the Nigerian government will take urgent steps to address the issue.
"Nigerian Government has watched with dismay the painful videos of the forceful closure of the shops of Nigerian traders in #Ghana. Urgent steps will be taken," the minister tweeted.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Nigerian traders in Ghana had been mandated by the Ministry of Trades to pay a $1m (N385,110,000) fee before they continue with their businesses.
One of the trending videos shows a Nigerian trader lamenting as his shop was being locked by Ghanaian security officials.
The man said he showed the security officials his business registration certificate and other documents, but they still locked his shop.
He said Nigerians in Ghana are suffering, adding that he would not hesitate to sell his goods and return to his country if that is what the Ghanaian authorities want.
Ovation International publisher, Dele Momodu, and other Nigerians have reacted to the incident, condemning the fee imposed on Nigerian traders in Ghana.
He wondered if there is anywhere in the world where retailers invest $1 million before they can be allowed to trade.
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