H.E. Ambassador Michael Abikoye, High Commissioner of Nigeria to Ghana

By George Egeh, Correspondent (Ghana)

The Nigerian High Commission (NHC), Ghana in a press statement has denied the insinuation of a video that emanated from Ghana which has gone viral on Social Media purportedly showing the mal-treatment of Nigerians awaiting deportation from Ghana to Nigeria.

The NHC has said that “at no point in time were Nigerians ever subjected to such in-human treatment by any Ghanaian authority”. However, this is not to say that some Nigerians have been found guilty of over-staying in Ghana beyond the ninety (90) days ECOWAS grace period without regularizing their stay are being deported periodically.

The High Commission expressed clearly that  both Nigeria and Ghana have always enjoyed excellent bilateral relations on all fronts and are still doing so including handling such deportation exercise. The two sides are currently collaborating in ensuring that such deportation adhere strictly to international best practices, including the holding facilities for deportees in line with United Nations Convention; against torture, cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment.

The incessant protection of Nigerians cannot be compromised, reinforced the NHC.“ The welfare of every Nigeria National that has chosen Ghana as his or her second home remains a priority of the High Commission. It however appeals to Nigerians that are wishing to stay in Ghana under the extant ECOWAS Protocol to ensure that they respect the domestic laws of Ghana”.