Some Ghanaian merchants on Wednesday ransacked the retailers of their Nigerian counterparts at Suame close to the nation’s second largest metropolis, Kumasi.
A major variety of Nigerian merchants promoting at Suame locked up their retailers to keep away from being attacked.
The Nigerian merchants opened their retailers following assurances from the Police about improved safety after nearly per week of comparable assaults.
However the Police didn’t honour their promise till the Nigerian retailers have been raided.
The Ghanaian merchants burnt tyres and chanted battle songs, compelling the Nigerian merchants to lock up their retailers and flee the markets.
Issues with Nigerians
The Ghanaian merchants have accused their Nigerian counterparts of promoting substandard merchandise and interesting in unlawful actions.
They’ve additionally accused the Nigerian merchants of flouting the nation’s legislation that limit promoting within the retail market to Ghanaians.
However the Nigerian merchants have denied the accusations.
Chairman of the Nigerian Union of Merchants Affiliation, Chief Kizito Obiora, mentioned the Nigerians have been focused, for the involvement of Nigerian nationals within the latest alleged kidnappings in Ghana.
“We have been forced to close their shops since last Friday and all through the weekend, and the perpetrators are demanding that we leave the country to Nigeria. But Nigerians at Suame Magazine are law-abiding”, he mentioned.
He mentioned the Nigerian merchants reside in worry within the wake of the assaults.
Authorities condemns assault on Nigerians
Ghana’s Minister of Data, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has cautioned Ghanaians to not take the legal guidelines into their very own arms in attacking the Nigerian merchants.
He hinted that the Commerce Ministry and the Immigration Service are resolving the deadlock.
“If someone has violated the law, for instance, you work without a fire license or permit, then the law will deal with you. Let me stress that the Ministry of Trade and the Ghana Immigration Service are dealing with the impasse. ”