The Nigerian government has described as worrisome the reported mass arrest and deportation of Nigerians from Ghana.
This was made known in a statement by the Senior Special Assistant to the President of Nigeria on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa.
The statement said they have had notice of renewed harassment, arrest and deportation of hundreds of Nigerians from Ghana.
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This, Dabiri-Erewa, described as disturbing, adding that the maltreatment of Nigerians will not be accepted.
She said when Nigerians commit crimes, they should be handed to the appropriate authorities to be dealt with, rather than being unjustly treated.
“While any Nigerian who commits a crime will have to face the wrath of the law, the situation of any Nigerian being inhumanly and unjustly treated, will not be acceptable,” she said.
She, however, added that the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Olufemi Abikoye was on top of the situation.
She said the ambassador was engaging with relevant authorities in Ghana to ensure that a solution is found to the emerging problem.
Dabiri-Erewa said, in 2018, President Muhammadu Buhari had to intervene when Nigerians in Ghana were going through similar turbulence.
She explained that, back then, shops owned by Nigerian traders were locked in Ghana, which forced some of them to relocate back home.
She also advised Nigerians living in Ghana to be good ambassadors of the country and abide by state's rules.
She said Nigeria extends kind gestures to Ghanaians living in their country and called on Ghanaian authorities to reciprocate that cordiality to Nigerians living in Ghana.
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