Nigeria explains why Ghana threw out high commission out of apartment

The Nigerian government through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has reacted to the report of forceful eviction of Nigeria High Commission in Accra, Ghana.

The High Commission was neither evicted from its chancery nor its residence but from one of its official quarters in Accra, according to the ministry.

And the property sited on 10, Barnes Road, Accra, Ghana, is one of the official quarters of the High Commission.

Spokesman of the Ministry, Ferdinand Nwonye,  explained further that the lease agreement signed between the Nigerian Ministry of Finance and Ghana expired in August, 2019.
The Spokesperson said, however, that the Ghanaian government ought to have informed Nigeria of the expiration of the lease, but instead decided to takeover the property.
“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 and have been unoccupied for sometime. Though we have some items inside it, no one is occupying it,” Nwonye said.

The Nigeria High Commissioner to Ghana, Michael Olufemi Abikoye, had in a statement dated 31st December, 2019 alleged a forceful eviction by Ghana authorities.

The statement added that a terse letter dated 27th December, 2019, was received from Solicitors acting on behalf of Amaco Microfinance Company Limited, Accra, “giving instructions for the High Commission to vacate its diplomatic property at No.10 Barnes Road, Accra.

“The letter further stressed that; failure to comply within stipulated time will lead to depositing the Mission’s belongings at the nearest Accra police station.”

Ghana’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs claims that Nigerian Government failed to renew the property following expiration thus, “the property reverted to the state in compliance with Article 258 of Ghana’s 1992 Constitution.”