There’s a diplomatic row brewing between Ghana and Nigeria, two West African nations with historic ties.
The simmering stress stems from remedy some Nigerian residents in Ghana are being subjected to.
Some Nigerian residents resident in Ghana have in latest occasions been arrested over numerous prison actions.
Three Nigerian residents had been a part of a gang that kidnapped two Canadian volunteers, Lauren Tilley and Bailey Chitty in Kumasi.
The Nigerians with 5 different Ghanaians had been nevertheless arrested in a rescue effort by Ghanaian law enforcement officials.
Two Nigerians are additionally in custody over the kidnapping of three women in Western Ghana who’re but to be discovered after virtually a 12 months.
5 Nigerians who raped a girl in the middle of their theft operation at a city referred to as Tema had been additionally arrested by Police final Friday.
The newest prison exercise involving a Nigerian in Ghana was tried kidnapping of a 4-year-old boy at Mamobi, a suburb of Accra over the weekend.
The event has made some Ghanaians a bit apprehensive about residents from Nigeria.
Rigidity between the 2 nationals reached a crescendo when a gaggle of unidentified men forcibly closed down 20 spare components outlets belonging to Nigerians on the Suame Journal in Kumasi, Ghana’s second greatest metropolis.
Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Merchants Affiliation, Chief Kizito Obiora attributed the event to the involvement of their nationals within the latest kidnappings in Ghana.
Nigerian officers indignant
The Nigerian Excessive Fee in Ghana has taken an exception to the developments.
In a strongly worded assertion signed by Ambassador Micheal Olufemi Abikoye, the fee laid the blame squarely on the doorstep of the media for portray all Nigerians residing in Ghana as criminals.
The assertion learn that “Suffice to say that at times like this, a situation where five (5) Ghanaians in company of three (3) Nigerians allegedly kidnapped two (2) Canadians but seems to enjoy wider press coverage as a crime committed by the Nigerians and considers Ghanaians only as accomplices leave much to be desired on the objectivity of such report.”
“In light of the above, the High Commission wishes to appeal to the local traditional media and social media to be highly circumspect in such reportage.”
“In effect, the ongoing media trial of the criminals which was now being turned media trial of Nigeria as a country, calls for moderation on the part of media practitioners in Ghana. Moreover, such media trials could be seen as prejudicial to the outcome of the ongoing prosecution in court which sees them as innocent until proven guilty.”
“On this note, the Nigeria High Commission wishes to reiterate its stand that whoever commits crime and is found guilty must face the consequences of his/her action. On its part, the High Commission will continue to mobilize all Nigerians living in Ghana to obey the domestic laws. The High Commission is also in touch with all relevant host authorities with a view to amicably resolve the issue”, the assertion assured.
Warning to media
The assertion additional cautioned media to desist from stoking tensions so as to not set off reprisal assaults on Ghanaians resident in Nigeria as effectively.
“This has turn out to be extremely crucial in view of its bigger implications on Nigerians residing in Ghana and Ghanaians residing in Nigeria as effectively.
Furthermore, the superb relations that subsist between Nigeria and Ghana as maternal brotherly international locations beneath His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari and his brother, President Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo can by no means be allowed to be jeopardized by xenophobic tendencies over such intents”.
Intervention of Ghana’s Parliament
The Committee on International Affairs and Regional Integration of Ghana’s Parliament has taken steps to intervene to douse the strain between the 2 nations.
The committee has invited the Nigerian Excessive Commissioner to Ghana Ambassador Micheal Olufemi Abikoye over the matter.
Talking to Africafeeds.com a member of the committee Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa referred to as for calm on either side, underscoring the significance of peaceable coexistence between residents of the 2 international locations.
He disclosed that over 2 million Ghanaians are at the moment resident in Nigeria in accordance with official figures with 7 million Nigerians additionally at the moment residing in Ghana.
Arrest of Nigerian visiting Professor
In the meantime a Nigerian Visiting Professor to the College of Training Winneba Professor Austin Nwagbara has been arrested by the Ghanaian police for questioning.
This follows a viral video through which the Professor is heard inciting Nigerians residing in Ghana in opposition to the natives.
Professor Austin can be heard speaking down Ghana’s instructional system describing it as inferior to that of his native Nigeria.
The Professor was addressing a gaggle Nigerians in Ghana on methods to deploy in altering the damaging narratives which have characterised the picture of Nigerians residing in Ghana.
Reactions to viral video
The College of Ghana the place Professor Austin Nwagbara was a visiting scholar on the Division of English in the course of the 2011/12 educational 12 months has issued a press release dissociating itself from his utterances.
“The College of Ghana disassociates itself from the claims of Professor Austin Nwagbara makes within the video which we discover as mischievous and supposed to mislead the general public and hurt the status of the college.
The general public is suggested to deal with the contents of the stated video with the contempt it deserves”, the assertion from administration of the College of Ghana stated.
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— Ghana Police Service (@GhPoliceService) June 18, 2019
Administration of the College of Training Winneba, UEW in Central Ghana has equally introduced the visiting Professor can be invited to reply questions relating to his feedback within the viral video.
Public Relations Officer for the College Ernest Azutiga who describes the feedback as “overboard” has disclosed a committee can be set as much as examine the matter.
The stress between the 2 international locations began with deportation of some Nigerians by Ghana early this 12 months.
In February some Nigerians attacked officers of the Ghana Immigration Service at Kasoa within the Central area of Ghana.
The officers who had visited the neighborhood to examine paperwork of migrants had been stopped by a gaggle of Nigerians who mounted a roadblock.
The suspects along with others had been later deported. In February, 2019 a complete variety of 723 Nigerians had been deported for partaking in Cybercrime, Prostitution and lack of requisite resident paperwork.
The Federal Authorities of Nigeria nevertheless prostrated the deportation accusing authorities of Ghana of inhuman remedy of the deportees. In what looks as if a response, Nigeria adopted up with its personal deportation of some Ghanaians resident in that nation.
4 Ghanaians resident in Nigeria had been early this month deported for falsifying paperwork.