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Amid demolition, Ghana pledge to rebuild Nigerian Embassy

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Ghanaian government has vowed to rebuild the demolished part of the Nigerian High Commission building.

A few days ago, armed men invaded the consulate and demolished the building which was still under construction and meant for Nigerian High Commission staff.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday June 25, Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration Mrs Shirley Ayokor Botchewey said the demolished building will be restored to its original state.

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Xenophobia: Ghana sends ‘Apology’ letter to Nigeria over destroyed houses

Botchewey further revealed that Nigeria paid for the land 20 years ago even though the High Commission could not produce the lease, land title certificate and building permit of the land.

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She disclosed that a committee consisting of officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ghana Police Service, National Security, and the Lands Commission had been constituted to investigate the unlawful demolition of the building, while also promising that the government of Ghana would actively engage the Nigeria government at the highest level, to address the impasse and help calm tensions in both countries.

The Minister said;

“The Land Commission will formerly inform the Osu Traditional Council that in August 2000, offer was made to High Commission of Nigeria, irrespective of the title of land in question.

“The offer was accepted by the High Commission and payment was made accordingly that constituted a contract.

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“The Land Commission will proceed to issue a Land Certificate to the High Commission of Nigeria, to regularise it’s ownership of the property in question.

“Ghana will take immediate steps to engage the Osu stool and all stakeholders on the impasse.

“Ghana will ensure that the demolished building is restored to its original state as soon as possible.

“The High Commission of Nigeria will take appropriate steps to obtain building permit for the construction.”


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Xenophobia: Ghana sends ‘Apology’ letter to Nigeria over destroyed houses

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Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has apologised to the Nigerian government after the building housing high commission staff was demolished on Friday night.

In a press statement, the ministry said it viewed with concern the development, which is a breach of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.

It expressed regrets over the demolition.

“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”.

Officials will be visiting the Nigerian High Commission tomorrow to access the damage done to the property, one report said.

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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.

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.

Nigeria and the Ghanaian governments resolved the ownership issue, when Nigeria paid fifty million Ghanaian cedis for the land.

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Building works commenced on a portion of the land after all approvals were sought and obtained from regulatory authorities.

Nigeria’s foreign minister Geoffrey Onyeama strongly condemned the demolition earlier today.

“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.

“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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Nigerians must leave keimoes under 12 hours – South Africa


A fresh crisis may be underway in South Africa as some indigenes of Keimoes and Upington areas of Northern Cape Province have given Nigerians and other foreign nationals a 12-hour ultimatum to vacate their communities.

According to The Cable, the president of Nigeria Union in South Africa, Adetola Olubajo, made this known in a statement on Thursday.

According to Olubajo, the notice comes after an “ugly incident” that took place on Wednesday between a police officer and a Nigerian.


Olubajo said that the Nigerian man allegedly stabbed to death the police officer, Nico Visagie, during a disagreement.

Olubajo also disclosed that details of the incident are still very sketchy, as the “major witness” was also stabbed multiple times and was still in critical condition at the hospital.

He said:


After the horrific incident, the community members of Keimoes and environs went on rampage burning and destroying properties belonging to foreign nationals, Nigerians in particular. These attacks spread to Upington and Nigerians and other foreign nationals were also expelled from Upington.

Prompt Police intervention this morning brought about calm but the situation is still tensed. Some locals were arrested by the police for public disturbance and malicious damage to properties.


They appeared in a magistrates’ court this morning for bail hearing.

We commend the swift intervention of the members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the arrest of the suspect is a welcome development,” he said.

We hope the police will continue to maintain law and order in the area.

He added that the suspect who stabbed the police officer has been arrested and will appear in court on or before Monday.


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Xenophobia: South Africa raise new threat on ‘evicting’ Nigerians in Keimoes


Nigerians and other foreign national, were yesterday, handed a 12-hour ultimatum Some by indigenes of Keimoes and Upington areas of northern cape province South Africa, to move out.

Adetola Olubajo, president of Nigeria Union in South Africa, said in a statement that the development was as a result of an “ugly incident” that took place between a police officer and a Nigerian on Wednesday.


He said the Nigerian, an indigene of Abakaliki in Ebonyi state, allegedly stabbed to death the police officer, Nico Visagie, during a disagreement.

Olubajo said the details of the disagreement were still not very clear as the “major witness” was also stabbed multiple times and was still in critical condition at the hospital.


“After the horrific incident, the community members of Keimoes and environs went on rampage burning and destroying properties belonging to foreign nationals, Nigerians in particular,” he said.

“These attacks spread to Upington and Nigerians and other foreign nationals were also expelled from Upington.


“Prompt Police intervention this morning brought about calm but the situation is still tensed. Some locals were arrested by the police for public disturbance and malicious damage to properties.

“They appeared in a magistrates’ court this morning for bail hearing.”


He added that the suspect who stabbed the police officer had been arrested and would appear in court on or before Monday.

“We commend the swift intervention of the members of the South African Police Service (SAPS) and the arrest of the suspect is a welcome development,” he said.


“We hope the police will continue to maintain law and order in the area.”

There was tension in August following xenophobic attacks in South Africa and reprisals in Nigeria.

Many Nigerians were forced to leave the country while a diplomatic face-off was prevented between Nigeria and South Africa.

President Muhammadu Buhari had visited the country in October and both nations renewed their diplomatic ties while President Cyril Ramaphosa apologised to Nigerians.


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Xenophobia: Ghana forcefully chase ‘Nigerian High Commission’ in Accra.

…will lead to depositing the Mission’s belongings at the nearest Accra police station.


The Nigerian High Commission in Ghana has been forcefully evicted from its diplomatic property by the country’s government.

In a statement released by the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana Michael Olufemi Abikoye on December 31, 2019, it was gathered that the property located at No.10 Barnes Road, Accra was reallocated to Amaco Microfinance since 26 August, 2019 by Ghana’s Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources with the consent of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

While Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs claimed that the Nigerian Government failed to renew the property following expiration, Abikoye said the reallocation came after continuous violation of the diplomatic property.


The Nigerian High Commissioner said;

“A terse letter dated 27th December, 2019, was received from Solicitors acting on behalf of Amaco Microfinance Company Limited, Accra, giving instructions for the High Commission to vacate its diplomatic property at No.10 Barnes Road, Accra.


“The letter further stressed that; failure to comply within stipulated time will lead to depositing the Mission’s belongings at the nearest Accra police station.

“As at 31st December, 2019, the property has been broken into by the company and is being ransacked with the likelihood of being effectively occupied.


“The reallocation was done without recourse to the High Commission despite having requested severally for “a mutual resolution of the matter, affirming that Nigerian Government is examining the situation and that an appropriate directive was being awaited.”

However reacting to the development, the Federal Government insisted that the High Commission of Nigeria in Ghana was neither evicted from its chancery nor its residence.


According to the spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ferdinand Nwonye, the lease agreement which was signed between the Nigerian Ministry of Finance and the Ghanaian ministry long time ago expired in August, 2019.

He said;

“But we are working on it and there is no cause for alarm.

“It is not our chancery; it is not our residence, it is just one of our official quarters and has been unoccupied for some time.

“Though we have some items inside it, but no one is occupying it”


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See interesting category of searches on Google. ASUU strike, Naira Marley, Neymar, Joro, Xenophobia, Regina Daniels, Others.

Google has released its list of top online searches by Nigerians and ASUU strike, Naira Marley, Regina Daniels are quite prominent on the list.

ASUU strike topped online searches by Nigerians in 2019, followed by `AFCON 2019’, ‘Naira Marley’ and the ‘Women’s World Cup 2019’.

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Xenophobia – Federal government frowns at Ghana indigenes’ attack on Nigerians.

The Federal Government has condemned the renewed attacks on Nigerian traders in Ghana, describing it as uncalled for.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerians in Diaspora Commission (NIDCOM), Abike Dabiri-Erewa in a statement made available by the Commission’s Head of Media and Public Relations, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, said the reported cases of attacks on Nigerians’ shops and traders by Ghanaians were quite unfortunate.

There has been tension between Ghanaian and Nigerian traders in recent time. Shops belonging to Nigerian traders in Kumasi were shut down 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. Nigerian traders in Ghana were accused of allegedly recruiting their relatives from Nigeria and placing them at vantage points to gain hold of the market over their Ghanaian counterparts.

The bloody clash between Nigerian and Ghanaian traders in Accra, reportedly started on Monday. Six were said to have been arrested while others sustained injury. It was alleged that the fight followed the closure of shops belonging to some Nigerian traders at Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Ghana. Dabiri-Erewa said the attacks came when xenophobic attacks was becoming unpopular and thought such attacks had been put to the dustbin of history following interventions of Nigerian and Ghanaian leaders.

In a statement condemning the attacks, Nigeria’s High Commissioner, Michael Olufemi Abikoye said the Commission was doing “everything possible to resolve the issue.”As at press time, the Commissioner said there was an “on-going dialogue between the High Commissioner and Ghanaian Government functionaries on the best way to permanently put the situation under control.”

He said the district police commander, Nima Police Station, Abraham Acquaye advised that the shops remain locked for possible dialogue to take place. Abikoye appealed to Nigerian traders to “remain calm and never take laws into their hands.”

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Xenophobia: Ghanaian traders close down shops owned by Nigerians, ask them to leave.

A video which has gone viral on social media, captured the moment some members of Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) allegedly closed down shops owned by Nigerians in Kumasi, Ashanti Region’s capital on Sunday December 1.

The Ghanaian traders accused Nigerian traders of violating section 27 of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) Act 865, which stipulates that the sale of goods or provision of services in a market, petty trading or hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place in the country must be reserved for Ghanaians.

Other services the Ghanaian traders claimed must be reserved for its citizens include;

-Operation of taxi or car hire service in an enterprise that has a fleet of less than twenty-five vehicles
-Operation of a beauty salon or a barbershop
-Printing of recharge scratch cards for the use of subscribers of telecommunication services
-Production of exercise books and other basic stationery
-Retail of finished pharmaceutical products
-Production and retail of sachet water.

The GUTA members insisted that Nigerians are violating the law by using the ECOWAS protocol which allows the free movement of goods and citizens of the sub-region to trade and do any kind of business in any place, as backup.

Wife of one the Nigerian traders who were victims of the incident, told LIB “Ghanaian traders at Kwame Nkrumah Circle, Ghana closed the Nigerian traders shops on Sunday 1st December. The Nigerians refused to be intimidated, came on Monday morning and broke down all the pad locks the Ghanaians used to lock the shops…then fight started with Ghanaians bringing out alot of dangerous weapon, and Nigerians facing then with full force before. Ghana police was able to control the situation.
Ghanaians want the Nigerian traders to leave their market…it is not fair as we also have alot of Ghanaians trading in Nigeria without issues.”

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Ghanaian singer, Fuse ODG – I never said we should stop playing Nigerian music on radio, but limited. (Video)

Fuse ODG has denied saying Ghanaian DJs should stop playing Nigerian music on radio stations and in clubs.

The Ghanaian singer who claimed he will never ask for such, said all he asked for was limited airplay for Nigerian music so Ghanaian music can thrive.

He also alleged that there is a policy in Nigeria for radio stations to play 80% of Nigerian music, a move he claimed has helped in repackaging and increased sales of Nigerian music. Fuse ODG asked Ghanaians to learn from this to sell their music at world stage.

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Xenophobia: We Are Glad That Justice Has Been Done – Chairman.

The Chairman of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Hon Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has expressed satisfaction over the justice meted out to 24-year-old South African police constable, Austin Luciano Reynold that killed a Nigerian, Ebuka Okoli in Durban, Kwa Zulu Natal.

Mr Reynold was charged on four counts of murder and robbery after shooting Okoli at close range and robbing him during an unauthorised raid.

In a statement issued by the Head of Media and Public Relations Unit of the Commission, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, Mrs Dabiri-Erewa expressed gladness over the ruling of Judge Shyam Gyanda on Friday, who said the accused was found guilty on all charges.

“We had always stated that there have to be consequences for actions. We are glad that this case finally came to an end and South Africa has demonstrated the political will to deal with xenophobia.”

She added that Nigeria and South Africa will continuously work at a United Africa while those who perpetrate crime irrespective of their nationality should face the penalty for their actions.

Dabiri-Erewa commended the Nigerian Mission in Johannesburg for painstakingly following through with the case and other cases involving Nigerians.

Similarly, the Consul General of Nigeria in South Africa, Mr Godwin Adama said that he was happy that the case came to an end on Friday with judgment pronounced on the guilty police officer.

He disclosed that the second case of eight policemen being tried for the murder of a Nigerian, Ibrahim Olamilekan Badmus, was adjourned till April 2020 for final ruling due to some technical issues.

The accused faces at least 15 years in jail due to the fact that there is no death sentence in South Africa laws except life sentence or long sentence for the murder.

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South Africa now opens for Nigerian visitors- Minister of Tourism S.A

Mamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane, South Africa’s Minister of Tourism, on Thursday called on Nigerians to continue visiting the country as the rainbow nation remained open for visitors from across the globe.

Kubayi-Ngubane made the call during an engagement session with Nigerian tourism stakeholders in Lagos against the backdrop of the recent xenophobic attacks in South Africa.

She said that there was a great need to advance bilateral relations between Nigeria and South Africa in the creative industry to achieve remarkable success for the two nations and the African continent.

The minister said South Africa regretted the situation, acknowledging that such attacks had happened in the past and the authorities had taken steps to ensure it was not repeated.

“I want you all to know that South Africa is open for visitors from Nigeria and other parts of the world as against insinuations by many that the country is repelling visitors.

“Friendship between South Africa and Nigeria precedes South Africa’s democracy. We didn’t achieve our democracy on our own; we stood on the shoulders of many African nations who fought with us to achieve the democracy we enjoy today.

“To ensure this does not reoccur, the President has appointed a former President of Tanzania and Mozambique as part of the people to find lasting solutions to the problem,” she said.

Kubayi-Ngubane, while acknowledging the visa procurement challenges faced by applicants, said that the country was working on establishing an Electronic Visa application system to be ready for use within the first quarter of 2020.

She said this would fast track the duration for visa procurement.

“We are piloting an E-visa application system to be rolled out early 2020, this means anyone who needs a visa to come to South Africa will be able to do that within the comfort of their homes to apply online.

“If the documents are vetted and certified correct within few days an applicant will get response for visa approval,” she said.

The minister said another problem confronting the country was the presentation of fraudulent documents for visa procurement which delayed the process as huge number of people engaged in this.

She said that South Africa visa fee has not been increased since 2016 which was deliberate to ensure affordability for those that want to visit the country.

Mr Darkey Africa, South Africa’s Consul General in Lagos, said that the country was committed to reuniting the two countries through proper exploration of the tourism industry.

He said the countries must be united in purpose to achieve remarkable growth.

“We want to see movies where Nigerians and South Africans will collaborate to produce, speaking in their unique and distinct accents to tell the world that we have greater things for the future of the two countries and Africa.

“We have enjoyed one another’s friendship for long, we have had cases of countless inter-marriages. This should continue as we explore more together.

“So, there is nothing to be scared of visiting South Africa. It is open for all,” he said.

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Xenophobia: 4 Nigerians Attacked In South Africa. [#SayNoToXenophobia]

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Following the renewed attack on foreign nationals living in South Africa, particularly Nigerians, four Nigerians sustained injuries in the Mpumalanga Province yesterday.

President, Nigerian Union South Africa (NUSA), Mr Adetola Olubajo, who confirmed it to Daily Sun, however, said no death was recorded during the incident.

The attack is coming barely few weeks after the state visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to South Africa where the issue of xenophobic attacks was discussed.

Read… Xenophobia: PMB gives details of the visit to South Africa.


The visit of President Buhari to South Africa was sequel to series of xenophobic attacks on Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa.

Olubajo added that foreign-owned businesses, especially by Nigerians, were burnt down during the attack.

Narrating the genesis of the crisis, Olubajo said the melee started at the early hours of yesterday when taxi drivers and some community members went about attacking foreign-owned businesses and foreigners, particularly Nigerians.

He added that the attackers moved to the interior of Witbank in the morning around Extension 10 where four Nigerians were injured.

“There is fresh attack in Mpumalanga, one of the provinces, an hour drive from Pretoria.

“The crisis started at the early hours of today. The taxi drivers and some community members went about attacking foreign-owned businesses and foreigners, in particular, Nigerians,” Olubajo said.

Olubajo further said the South African police could not stop the attack on time, even as he said normalcy has returned to the area.

However, efforts made by Daily Sun to reach the Consul-General of Nigeria in Johannesburg, Godwin Adama, were not successful.

Adama read a WhatsApp chat from Daily Sun requesting for information regarding the incident, but did not respond as at the time of filing this report.

Meanwhile, House of Representatives has expressed worry over attacks Nigerian politicians, who are visiting foreign countries, by Nigerians.

Consequently, the House said it will engage members of the Nigerian community in the diaspora over the issue.

Chairman, House Committee on Diaspora, Tolulope Sadipe, stated this, yesterday, in Abuja, at the inaugural meeting of the committee.

Sadipe described the attack on former Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, in Germany, and the attack on Senator Kashamu Buruji in London, as unfortunate. She stated that the incidences indicate dangerous trends ahead, which must be nipped in the bud.

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Stop these letters – General Akinrinade to Obasanjo. (Reasons)

Former Chief of Army Staff and Defence staff, General Alani Akinrinade has advised former President Olusegun Obasanjo, to desist from public letter-writing, in a bid to make a point.

Akinrinade acknowledged that it is Obasanjo’s fundamental right to make a point, letter writing does not befit him as a leader and statesman. Akinrinade said since Obasanjo has unfettered access to those in power, letter-writing may not be a good option.

He also said whenever Obasanjo wrote his letters to the president, what came to his mind was how he handled similar matters when he was in the saddle. Acknowledging Obasanjo’s role in history, Akinrinade said statesmen should consult with those in power and offer constructive criticisms, instead of going to the public.

The former Army chief spoke with reporters in Lagos, ahead of his 80th birthday holding in Ibadan, Oyo State capital in October.

”If I have an opportunity to advise him, I will say he should not write letters again. Each time he writes letter, the question I ask is: when he was there, how did he do it? He should not write letters again. He has access to them and he can give his advice, instead of writing” he said.
Akinrinade, who assessed the 20 years of stable civil rule, said it could have been better. ”We have not found exactly the formula. My assessment is that we have done very poorly. We could do much better.”

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Xenophobia: President Buhari Leaves Nigeria to South Africa on Wednesday, 2nd of October.

President Buhari will on Wednesday October 2nd, depart Abuja on a three-day State Visit to the Republic of South Africa, following an invitation by President Cyril Ramaphosa, to discuss the welfare of Nigerians, and find common grounds for building harmonious relations with their hosts.

The visit comes against the background of recent xenophobic attacks, the evacuation of hundreds of Nigerians and the exchange of visits by Special Envoys of Presidents Buhari and Ramaphosa.

A statement released by Garba Shehu, the Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, says while in South Africa, President Buhari will hold a town hall meeting with Nigerians living in the country, with a view to sharing in their experiences and reassuring them of Nigerian government’s commitment to working for the protection of their lives and property and promoting peaceful co-existence.

President Buhari and his host will preside over the South Africa/Nigeria Bi-National Commission, during which a progress report will be presented. At the end of the meeting, both leaders will sign a joint communiqué.

The President and his delegation including Nigerian business representatives will also participate at a South Africa-Nigeria Business Forum with their host counterparts” the statement reads

President Buhari will be accompanied by Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano State, Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State and Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State.

Others are: Minister of Foreign Affairs, Geoffrey Onyeama; Minister of Defence, Maj. Gen. Bashir Magashi (retd); Minister of Power, Eng. Saleh Mamman; Minister of Interior, Rauf Aregbesola; Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Arch. Olamilekan Adegbite; Minister of Police Affairs, Maigari Dingyadi; and Minister of State, Industry, Trade and Investment, Amb. Mariam Katagum.

Also on the trip are: National Security Adviser, Maj. Gen. Babagana Monguno (retd); Director-General, National Intelligence Agency, Amb. Ahmed Rufai Abubakar; and Chairman/CEO Nigeria Diaspora Commission, Hon. Abike Dabiri-Erewa.

The President will return to Abuja on Friday.


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