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No Nigerian was killed in Ghana violent protest – ministry


Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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There was no any Nigerian killed during the violent protest by Ghanaians in Sowutoum area of Ghana, the Federal Government has said.

Ghanaians had on Sunday protested over an alleged stabbing of their colleague by a Nigerian in Accra Region on August 18.

A statement on Tuesday from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dispelled the reports that five Nigerians were killed in the protest.

The ministry however said some Nigerians sustained injuries and properties were damaged.

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“There was no death recorded of any Nigerian national as a result of the alleged incident. The Nigerian is still in protective custody of the police in Ghana,” the ministry stated.

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The ministry urged Nigerians to be law abiding and should desist from actions that would tarnish the image of the country.

The ministry gave the assurance that Nigeria would continue to cooperate with the Ghanaian authorities.

It said a report from the Nigerian High Commission in Ghana indicated that a Nigerian lodged a complaint at the police station about a deceased Ghanaian, regarding a theft in his residence.

“While investigations were ongoing, the deceased Ghanaian had crept into the Nigerian’s apartment and attacked him for reporting the case to the police.

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“However, the deceased Ghanaian was overpowered by the Nigerian who in self defence stabbed him on the head and the Nigerian was subsequently placed in protective custody by the Ghanaian police,” it stated. .

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The statement said the report from the high commission stated that when the news however filtered into the streets of Accra that a Ghanaian had been killed by a Nigerian it led to a riot.

The ministry stated that the High Commission ascertained the circumstances of the alleged attack and the latest reports from the Mission indicated that the Ghanaian Police intervened promptly.

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