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Those who attacked Nigerian high commission will be dealed with – Ghana Govt

Valentine Chinyem

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Following the attack and destruction of the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana, in Accra, the Ghanaian government has said it will punish those involved.

A businessman was said to have invaded the Embassy with armed thugs, demolishing some apartments that were under construction.

In a statement issued by the Ghanaian ministry of foreign affairs and regional intervention, the incident is being investigated and perpetrators will soon be brought to book.

It said security has at the Embassy has been beefed up, assuring the Nigerian authorities that “the situation is under control”.

“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 10:30pm on Friday, 19th June, 2020,” the statement read.

“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.

“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 Iaw-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.”

Recall that the federal government, through the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama, also condemned thr attack, urging the Ghanaian government to take action to find the perpetrators and provide adequate protection for Nigerians and their property in Ghana.