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753 Nigerian traders beg for evacuation from Ghana

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At least 753 Nigerians living in Ghana, mostly traders, have asked to be brought back home.

They alleged consistent harassment, intimidation, torture and threat to life by Ghanaians and their authorities.

Their shops, they said, have been locked for almost a year by the authorities.

The Nigerian Union of Traders Association in Ghana (NUTAG) said the diplomatic niceties between Nigeria and Ghana have not yielded results.

The traders said their landlords were asking for rent despite the shops remaining locked.

In a “Save our Soul” letter to the Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerians in Diaspora Commission, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, they claimed they were dying under the heavy yoke the Ghanaian authorities placed on them.

The letter was presented by a delegation led by the President, National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTS), Dr Ken Ukoaha.

He was accompanied by NUTAG President, Chukwuemeka Nnaji, and members.

They also visited the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Richard Adebayo, in Abuja.

They told reporters after the meeting that their request for evacuation was because of many of them now struggle to survive.

Ukaoha said: “As traders, this is our mother ministry, and that is why we have come to meet with the minister and convey our final decision to be safely evacuated from Ghana.

“Nigerian traders in Ghana are being tortured, intimidated, harassed, apart from being subjected to all manners of frustrations by the government and people of Ghana since 2007.

“Imagine our businesses being under lock and key for several months by Ghanaian authorities. Some traders who borrowed money from banks to transact businesses cannot pay back and some goods are getting expired.

” Having consciously reviewed our situation and counted the costs, we have solemnly resolved to leave Ghana in peace before it is too late.

“This is particularly to avoid our members being compelled by nature into criminal activities or shamefully turning to beggars on the streets of Ghana as a survival strategy that will demean Nigeria’s integrity among the comity of nations.

“We are, therefore, appealing to our government to make necessary arrangements to organise and embark on the immediate evacuation of our members and investments from Ghana,” he said.

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