Nigerians shut up shops at Suame Magazine

Scores of Nigerian traders and businessmen at Suame Magazine, an artisanal enclave in the Ashanti Region Monday evening closed their shops.

This was to avoid them from being attacked by their Ghanaian counterparts who felt they were outsmarting them in the market space.

Speaking to the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper Tuesday afternoon, Kwasi Wusu, a spare parts dealer at the Suame enclave said the Nigerians were denying the Ghanaians of all retail jobs.

He argued that under normal circumstances all retail jobs should be the preserve of Ghanaians, adding the law regulating activities of foreigners is also emphatic on same.


The timely intervention of the Police seemed to have spared the Nigerians from further attacks last Monday, a source told GO reporters.

About five persons were attacked on Monday night with one Nigerian suffering a deep cut on his forehead, the source hinted GO.

The source noted the presence of the Police from the Ashanti Regional Command prevented a nasty incident and a possible reprisal attack from the angry Nigerians.

As at 3pm Tuesday, the Police had massed up at the Suame Magazine enclave but only the Ghanaians were doing business.



In a related development, Michael Olufemi Abikoye, Nigerian High Commissioner to Ghana has expressed disgust about reports linking Nigerians to criminal activities in Ghana.

In a statement he denounced the attempt by some media to appropriate bad deeds to Nigerians including the recent disappearance of two Canadians in Ghana.

The High Commissioner urged the Ghanaian media not to do anything to mar the good relationship between Nigeria and Ghana.

He reminded the media that any reportage that had the semblance of hate speech or deliberate linkage of the two peoples to crime has the potential of eroding the peace Ghana and Nigeria have enjoyed.

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