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Ghanaian Government pledges to restore demolished Nigerian Embassy

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Following a destructive attack on the residential building of the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana, earlier in the week, the Ghanaian government on Thursday has pledged to renovate the building to its original state.

It was gathered that the official residence of the High Commission of Nigeria, which was under construction on Friday, was attacked and demolished by armed men.

Addressing the outcome of the investigation into the attack, Ghana’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration,Mrs Shirley Ayokor Botchewey, stated this, while briefing with journalists in Ghana.

According to her, “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.

“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.”

Furthermore, she said that a committee consisting of officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ghana Police Service, National Security, and the Lands Commission had been tasked to investigate the unlawful demolition of the building.

She said ,” based on preliminary investigation, 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.

She, however assured that the Ghanaian government would actively engage the Nigeria government at the appropriate level , to address the impasse and help calm tensions in both countries.

Reporting progress , she said possible perpetrators of the hostile act has been arrested and that the case had been prosecuted in court for conspiracy to crime and cause of unlawful damages.

Reported by: Fatimah Oyesanmi

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