2 arrested over demolition of uncompleted buidling on Nigerian High Commission premises


    The Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service says it has arrested two persons in connection with the demolition of an uncompleted building on the Nigerian High Commission premises.

    The CID says the two “have been charged with the offence of conspiracy to commit crime to wit, unlawful entry and causing unlawful damage contrary to sections 23(1), 152 and 172(1b) respectively of the criminal and Other Offences act (1960) and will be arraigned before the court.”

    President Akufo-Addo has apologised to his counterpart in Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari over the demolition of the building.

    This follows increasing tensions between the two countries as the Nigerian community has heavily criticised Ghana for the act which some say has the tendency of sparking a bitter diplomatic row.

    A building nearing completion on the premises of the High Commissioner was razed down with a bulldozer by armed men on June 19.

    After the incident, a cross-section of Nigerians including the House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, National Association of Nigerian Traders has demanded immediate action amid pockets of protests around the said facility.

    Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has also expressed disgust at the development.

    The CID is urging the public to remain calm and continue to assist the police by furnishing the police with timely and factual information.