Government says it has identified those behind an unauthorised demolition of a structure belonging to the Nigerian High Commission in Accra.
On Saturday, June 20, 2020, some armed men stormed the parcel of land with a bulldozer and demolished parts of a building which was under construction. Subsequently, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service initiated investigations into the incident and arrested two unidentified men on Monday, June 22, 2020.
The incident which infuriated a section of the Nigerian populace led to calls for retaliation of what was described as a diplomatic blunder and an attack on Nigeria.
A statement dated Friday, June 26, 2020, dated and signed by Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, indicated that the identities of all the persons involved in the demolition are now known and added that “they will be dealt with in accordance with the law.”
The Ministry, however, fell short of disclosing their names, neither did it mention the number of people involved in the act.
The statement also clarified that “the building in question is neither the chancery nor residence, but a property belonging to the Nigerian High Commission that was unfortunately pulled down by now identified private individuals.”
Claims of Ownership
The Osu Stool has claimed ownership of the land and accused the Nigerian High Commission of trespassing on its land.
“There has till date been no response or acknowledgement in response to the stool’s invitation nor has the trespasser proceeded to submit any documentation of permission upon which it demolished the original structure on the land and proceeded to erect a new structure,” the statement added.
The Nigerian High Commission, however, insists that it has legal documents to prove its ownership of the land in question.
Find below a copy of the ministry’s statement: