The Chairman of Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM) has said the recent attacks on Nigerian traders in Ghana is uncalled for.
The NIDCOM CEO, while condemning the renewed attacks, also appealed for calm from both sides. She also implored the law enforcement agencies to protect the lives and properties, especially that of Nigerians from being attacked pending the resolution of the matter.
The commission in a statement by the Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun said the reported cases of attacks on Nigerian shops and traders by Ghanaians was quite unfortunate.
Dabiri-Erewa who pointed out that the attacks came when xenophobic attacks were becoming unpopular, saying such attacks ought to have been put to the dustbin of history following interventions of Nigerian and Ghanaian leaders.
She, therefore, appealed to Nigerians in Ghana, especially the shop owners, not to take laws into their hands by trying to revenge but to remain calm and allow law enforcement agents to deal with the situation.
”I hereby appeal for calm from both sides and implore the law enforcement agencies to protect the lives and properties, especially that of Nigerians from being attacked pending the resolution of the matter.”
There were reported cases of clashes between Ghanaian and Nigerian traders on Monday which resulted in the arrest of six while others sustained various injuries.
It was gathered that the fight followed the closure of shops belonging to some Nigerian traders at Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Ghana.
Recall that tension between Ghanaian and Nigerian traders in recent time started when over 600 shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Kumasi and other areas were shut this year allegedly by the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA).
Ghanaian traders feel foreigners, particularly Nigerians, Chinese and Lebanese have taken over their retail business.