Nigerian retail traders reportedly break into Ghanaian shops at Circle

Nigerian retail traders reportedly break into Ghanaian shops at Circle

- Ghanaian retail traders have blamed their Nigerian counterparts for destroying their shops

- Checks show that the land on which the demolition took place belongs to a Nigerian

- The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), has agreed to keep Nigerian retail traders in Ghana

There was tension at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra when about 30 retail shops owned by some Ghanaian traders were broken in by foreigners suspected to be Nigerians.

The development resulted in some tensions as angry Ghanaian traders threatened to retaliate against these unknown Nigerian traders. reports that affected shop owners have accused Nigerian businessmen of masterminding the break in. According to them, they have been resisting the building of a storey building in the very crowded business area.

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Meanwhile, there are reports that the land on which these Ghanaian retail shops were destroyed belongs to a Nigerian.

"They want to evict us and allow Nigerians to take over our land. This is unlawful," he lamented.

Some Nigerian shops fearing attacks have closed up shop for the day. One shop owner whose stall was attacked said many Ghanaians entered and began breaking things down.

"We asked them what is the problem?...they did not say anything," he said. His shop attendant was injured.

Ghana's retail laws instruct that a person who is not a citizen or an enterprise, which is not wholly owned by a citizen, shall not invest or participate in the sale of goods or provision of services in a market, petty trading, hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place.

Ghana-Nigerian retail trade brawl

So far, the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA), following a resolution, has allowed foreign traders, especially the ECOWAS citizens operating within the Suame magazine in the Ashanti Region, to open their shops for normal business.

This new development is to retract the initial stance by the Trade Ministry on August 2 to disallow foreign traders from engaging in a small-scale trade which is reserved for Ghanaians.

The Associations move follows a collision between some Ghanaian spare parts dealers and the foreign traders in Suame in the Ashanti Region a few weeks ago.

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"All parties are to cooperate and collaborate with the relevant institutions and state agencies to enforce and ensure full compliance with all laws and regulations governing the activities of trading in Ghana, with immediate effect," excerpts of a statement revealed.

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