Fact check: Nigeria denies reports of brewing diplomatic row with Ghana

Fact check: Nigeria denies reports of brewing diplomatic row with Ghana

- Nigeria has denied any diplomatic showdown with Ghana

- Media reports in Ghana suggested that the Nigerian High Commission is being forcefully evicted from its diplomatic property in Accra

- But Nigeria's Foreign Affairs Ministry has dismissed the reportage, saying it's untrue

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Nigeria’s Foreign Affairs Ministry has vehemently denied reports in sections of the Ghanaian media that there is a brewing row between the two countries over an alleged eviction of West Africa’s biggest country’s envoy in Ghana.

On Thursday, January 2, 2020, some media houses in Ghana reported that Nigeria’s High Commission in Accra is being forcefully evicted from its diplomatic property.

But YEN.com.gh’s checks with the Nigeria authorities indicate there is no problem or diplomatic row between the two countries.

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According to the spokesperson for the Nigerian Foreign Affairs Ministry, Ferdinand Nownye, it is not true Ghana has sent the Nigerian envoy packing.

He told YEN.com.gh that there was no cause for alarm and that the said property located at No.10 Barnes Road, Accra is not the Nigeria chancery or residence in Ghana.

Mr. Nownye, however noted that building in question is just one of Nigeria’s official quarters in Ghana which has been unoccupied for some time.

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We are working on it; there is no cause for alarm. It is not our chancery, not our residence, it is just one of our official quarters, no one is occupying it,” he said.

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He further explained that the property in question had a lease agreement between the two countries, which expired in August 2019 and the Ghanaian government has decided to take back its property.

YEN.com.gh earlier reported that Anti-graft campaigner, Daniel Batidam has died of cancer on New Year’s Day 2020.

The former corruption advisor under the John Dramani Mahama administration passed on Wednesday, January 1 while receiving treatment for cancer at Mampong in the Eastern Region.

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Source: YEN.com.gh

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