Extradition of Nigerians from Ghana worrisome, says Dabiri-Erewa

Abike Dabiri-Erewa

Senior Special Assistant to the President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has described the reported arrest and deportation of Nigerians from Ghana as worrisome.

In a statement signed by her special assistant on media, Abdur-Rahman Balogun, she condemned the renewed harassment, arrest and deportation of hundreds of Nigerians from Ghana.

She, however, assured that the Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana, Amb. Olufemi Abikoye, was on top of the situation and was engaging relevant authorities in Ghana.

“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,” Dabiri-Erewa said.

The former House of Representatives member representing Ikorodu recalled the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2018 when shops of Nigerian traders were locked in Ghana, thus forcing some of them to come back home.

The issue was amicably resolved between the two presidents in the spirit of brotherhood, she added.

Dabiri-Erewa, therefore, appealed to Nigerians living in Ghana to be good ambassadors of the country by abiding by the rules and regulations in that country.

She equally appealed to the Ghanaian authorities to be brotherly in their approach to Nigerians living in Ghana by reciprocating Nigeria’s kind gestures to Ghanaians in Nigeria.

Comptroller-General of the Ghana Immigration Service, Kwame Takyi, said the service was being compelled to carry out the deportation because of the conduct of some Nigerian nationals in Ghana.

According to him, besides engaging in cybercrime and prostitution, some Nigerians have become law themselves, blocking major streets where they drink and fight, stressing that the “unruly behaviour contravenes the local laws in Ghana.”

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