The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration says it has commenced investigations into the alleged demolition of a building belonging to the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana by some unknown persons.
Parts of the Nigerian High Commissioner’s residence in Ghana was demolished by some armed men on Friday evening.
The statement by Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Ministry follows a statement by the government of Nigeria indicating it has begun discussions with Ghana towards apprehending those behind what it describes as “criminal attacks” on its diplomatic residence.
The statement said ”It has come to the attention of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration that unidentified individuals had allegedly breached the premises of the Nigeria High Commission in Accra and demolished its property under construction around 10:30 pm on Friday, 19th June 2020.”
”The Ministry views, with concern, this development which is a breach of the
Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR, 1961). Accordingly, investigations are ongoing to unravel the facts of the matter and bring the perpetrators to book. Meanwhile, the Government of Ghana has beefed up security at the said facility and the situation is under control,’ it added.
The statement also assures the diplomatic community in Ghana that Ghana remains a law-abiding country that upholds the principle of the rule of law.
”Whilst expressing regrets over the incident, the Ministry wishes to reassure the Diplomatic community in Ghana and the Nigeria High Commission in particular, that Ghana remains a law-abiding country that upholds the principle of the rule of law, where due process is followed at all times. The Government will, therefore, not relent on its primary obligation to guarantee the safety of Members of the Diplomatic Corps in Ghana,” the statement said.