The Minority in Ghana’s Parliament is demanding an independent public inquiry into demolition of properties belonging to the Nigerian High Commission in Accra.
The incident, which occurred under the cover of darkness on Friday 19th of June 2020 was alleged to have been carried out by unidentified and unknown assailants.
The Minority expressed displeasure at the incident and warned the act is totally reckless aggression that violates international law and seriously undermines Ghana’s longstanding diplomatic relations with Nigeria.
Ranking Member of Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs and MP for North Tongu constituency, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, who made the demand argued the demolishing was carried out under the full protection of state security.
“We are therefore disgusted at a statement purportedly issued by Ghana’s Foreign Ministry on 20th June 2020, which states the perpetrators are unidentified and unknown to authorities when all eyewitness accounts say otherwise.”
He cautioned the Ministry against laying a foundation for a grand cover and warned the Minority will resist any such attempt.
“The Government of Ghana must not underestimate the implications of this reckless act of unprovoked aggression not only for Ghana-Nigeria relations but also the negative reverberations in the larger diplomatic quarters,” he said.
The Minority, he said, demands an independent probe to thoroughly unearth the facts with the view of bringing the perpetrators to justice.
“Nothing short of this will suffice,” he stressed.
Mr. Ablakwa expressed his side’s solidarity and sympathies with Nigeria and urged calm particularly among the citizenry of both nations as efforts are stepped up in demanding justice.
“May we be guided by the ancestral bond of friendship between our two great nations as we navigate the processes leading to an amicable resolution of this terribly unfortunate and avoidable impasse,” he added.
Frontpageghana.com/Ghana/uthman A. Marani