We Are Sorry: Ghana Apologises To Nigeria Over Demolished Buildings(Letter)
Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has apologised to the Nigerian government after the building housing high commission staff was demolished on Friday night.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
In a press statement, the ministry said it viewed with concern the development, which is a breach of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
It expressed regrets over the demolition.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
“While expressing regrets over the incident, the Ministry wishes to reassure the diplomatic community in Ghana and the Nigerian High Commission in particular that Ghana remains a law abiding country that upholds the principle of the rule of law”.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Officials will be visiting the Nigerian High Commission tomorrow to access the damage done to the property, one report said.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
The plot of land in dispute houses the residence of the Nigerian High commissioners residence and four other buildings
It was allocated to the Nigerian government in the sixties.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
A portion of the land had remained undeveloped until eight years ago when building work began.
A Ghanaian businessman claims legitimate ownership of the land.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Nigeria and the Ghanaian governments resolved the ownership issue, when Nigeria paid fifty million Ghanaian cedis for the land.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Building works commenced on a portion of the land after all approvals were sought and obtained from regulatory authorities.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
Nigeria’s foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama strongly condemned the demolition earlier today.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
“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.(Wapbaze_Copyright)
“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 wrote.
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