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Enough of Ghanaian authorities’ harassment, Nigerian traders protest in Abuja

Nigerian traders operating in Ghana, on Wednesday, visited the Foreign Affairs Ministry in Abuja to protest the locking up of their shops in Ghana.

The protesters, who carried placards with various inscriptions of their grievances, held the protest peacefully under the watch of policemen.

Leader of the group, Nze Ugo-Akpe Onwuka, said the traders were running out of patience because they have waited for seven years for the Nigerian government to intervene but to no avail.

Onwuka said, “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 plight of Nigerians doing business in Ghana was reaching boiling point and could degenerate to a point where Nigerians will become subject of xenophobic attacks if the issue is not dealt with.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that the Ghanaian Ministry of Trades recently rejected claims of unfair treatment by Nigerian traders in the country during the enforcement of the Ghana Investment Promotion Council regulations.

It also insisted that the traders must pay the required $1m taxes and other fees imposed on them by the authorities.

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