Nigeria gives Ghana 24-hr ultimatum to re-open locked up stores of citizens

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A group of Nigerian youth has given Ghanaians a 24-hour ultimatum to re-open locked up stores of its compatriots in Ghana.

South-East youths, under the auspices of Coalition of South-East Youth Leaders, condemned the alleged inhuman treatment being meted to Nigerian traders in Ghana.

The President-General of Coalition of South-East Youth Leaders, Ibem Goodluck, conveyed the group’s position to journalists in Abakaliki, the Ebonyi State capital.

He said, “The action of the group contravenes international laws and it’s an infringement of the
fundamental human rights and privileges of Nigerians and other nationals doing business in Ghana. It’s a total travesty of the law for GUTA to do what they just did.

“GUTA lacks the powers to ascribe to itself the duties of the police or other security agencies in Ghana. Intimidating and harassing Nigerians is totally unacceptable and we condemn it in its entirety.

“We call for the immediate arrest and prosecution of GUTA members who took laws into their hands by illegally locking up the shops of Nigerians which is not their duty. For every offence, they must be punishment.

“We demand that those GUTA members be punished for insulting and embarrassing the government of Ghana. Self help is a crime anywhere in the world.”

It added in a Punch report: “We give them 24 hours ultimatum from the time of this press release to immediately unlock Nigerian shops that they locked unlawfully.”

Meanwhile, Nigeria has closed its borders to Ghana and other neighbouring countries until January 2020.

Source: Daily Mail GH

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