Nigerian Traders Protest Against Harassment by Ghana in Abuja

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Nigerian traders and businessmen in Ghana have voiced out their displeasure regarding the constant harassment being endured in the hands of Ghanaian authorities.

The traders embarked on a peaceful protest in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs after the recent locking up of Nigerian shops by security agencies in Ghana.

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The traders who carried placards under the watchful eyes of policemen said they had run out of patience with the Nigerian Government which has done nothing to interfere in the harassment of Nigerian businessmen and women in Ghana for the last seven years.

According to the leader of the protest group, Nze Ugo-Akpe Onwuka who spoke to the press;

“We have had enough. This has been going on for seven years, we are being harassed and targeted even though our documentation is up to date. Where is the ECOWAS protocol? This is not right. We have Ghanaians doing business here and they are not being harassed. Some of us employ them to work for us in Ghana, yet the authorities there harass us for no just cause.”

He explained that the harassment against Nigerians in Ghana was getting to a Zenith. He said full scale xenophobic attacks against Nigerians may start to occur in Ghana if nothing is done to address the growing situation.

The protest has come on the background of the imposition of a $1m tax on Nigerian businesses by the Ghanaian Ministry of trade. Many Nigerians who could not afford this amount have had their shops and businesses sealed up by Ghanaian authorities.

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