Nigeria condemns attack on diplomatic premises in Ghana

TUNIS, TUNISIA - JUNE 22: Nigeria's Minister for Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama and Tunisian Foreign Minister Khemaies Jhinaoui (not seen) hold a press conference after their meeting at the Foreign Ministry in Tunis, Tunisia on June 22, 2017. (Photo by Amine Landoulsi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
FILE PHOTO: Nigeria’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Geoffrey Onyeama. (Photo by Amine Landoulsi/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

Nigeria on Sunday condemned what it termed as criminal attacks on its diplomatic premises in the Ghanaian capital Accra.

Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama said that a building within the compound was demolished by unidentified people using a bulldozer. He, however, did not say when the incident took place.

“We strongly condemn two outrageous criminal attacks in Accra, Ghana, on a residential building in our diplomatic premises by unknown persons in which a bulldozer was used to demolish the building,” Onyeama tweeted.

Onyeama said that every effort was being done to find the people behind the incident and secure the lives of its citizens and their property.

“We are engaging the Ghanaian Government and demand urgent action to find the perpetrators and provide adequate protection for Nigerians and their property in Ghana,” he added.

This incident is likely to raise speculation of diplomatic tensions between the two West African countries which do not share a common border.

In January, the Nigerian government denied that it was involved in a diplomatic row with Ghana after claims that Nigeria’s High Commission had been violated and its occupants evicted by authorities.

The property in question was located in Accra, on No.10 Barnes Road, according to the Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs ministry.

A statement by the ministry then said that the property’s lease had recently expired recently and the High Commission was exploring the possibility of renewing the lease agreement with the host authorities.

Tensions also simmered last year after Nigeria partially closed its border with Benin in August in a bid to curb massive smuggling activities, especially of rice, occurring in that area.

The effects of the blockade had been felt as far as Ghana as manufacturers complained about the impact on costs.

Onyeama denied that the closure targeted certain countries and was instead aimed at curbing criminal activities.