The government of Ghana has said it will reconstruct the building recently demolished at the Nigerian High Commission in Accra, the Ghanaian capital.
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Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, Ghana’s Foreign Affairs Minister, stated this on Wednesday.
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Explaining the circumstances behind the incident, Botchwey said the Nigerian High Commission had paid for the land where the building was under construction but was not issued a title deed for the land.
The title deed for the land was instead issued to a third party, who subsequently argued with the High Commission over the ownership of the land, the minister said.
“The high commission of Nigeria further presented receipts of payment of the said land made by bankers draft. However, land title certificate had not been issued to the high commission.
“The lands commission advised the high commission of Nigeria to provide relevant document on ownership of the land but the former did not respond to the letter.
“Based on the silence of the high commission of Nigeria, the lands commission went ahead to issue a Land title certificate covering the said parcel of land to a 3rd party.
“The government of Ghana will ensure that the demolished building is restored to its original state as soon as possible,” Botchway said.
Reports emerged that a businessman who claimed ownership of the land housing the Nigerian mission reportedly moved with security personnel to demolish some portion of the staff quarters.
Following the incident, the Federal Government via Geoffrey Onyeama, Minister of Foreign Affairs, summoned Iva Denoo, the Chargè d’Affaires of the Ghana High Commission to Nigeria, to demand an explanation on the attack and plans to reinforce security measures around the Nigerian High Commission.