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Ghanaians Allegedly Attack Nigerian Traders in Kumasi Market



Leaders of Nigerian traders at Ghana’s Suame Magazine in Kumasi, Ashanti region of Ghana have cried out following incessant attacks by Ghanaians.

According to Citi News, the attacks began after the Ministry of Trade and Industry ordered all non-Ghanaian traders to leave the markets before the 27th of July, 2018 or face the wrath of the government.

Following the order which was later reversed on grounds of inadequate sensitization, members of the Ghana Union Trader Association (GUTA) have continued to attack Nigerians and forcefully evict them from their shops, a Nigerian retailer said.

In an exclusive interview, an executive member of the Nigerian Retailers Association, Victor Moname revealed to Citi News:

The [Ashanti] Regional [Police] Commander told us that the Nigeria High Commission had called him over the same issue. He said he had sent a police patrol team to Suame Magazine, Kumasi. But when some of our people open their shops, some boys jumped on them again including some of the GUTA executives.

Some of their items got broken because when the boys come and ask you to close your shop, and you refuse, they destroy your things. So that was the reason why when they came to tell us to close the shops, we obliged because they are many. They are up to 50, and you can’t identify all of them. They don’t even have shops in Magazine.”He added that their members had closed their shops for fear of attacks.

The evacuation of foreign retailers, according to the Ministry, was to allow for sensitization and education in the domestic retail trade sector.

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  1. Fleur

    August 4, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    When your country does not know, love or respect you it’s hard for another to do.

    • Ela

      August 11, 2018 at 11:01 am

      Hmm… Was actually so touched by this.. Really sad. Home isn’t home anymore..

  2. Hmm

    August 4, 2018 at 3:46 pm

    Remember Ghana must Go in 1983, when all Ghanaians were asked to leave Nigeria.

    • Two Sides To Every Story

      August 4, 2018 at 6:24 pm

      Tell them

      At a certain point in life you have to ask your self there are always many foreigners in many countries always obeying law, how come Nigerians are the only ones who claim attack in South Africa, Ghana, etc. I know yall will dare not fk up with law in Malawi, Rwanda, etc. You know where your nonsense will be tolerated and not.

      CAN Ghanaian traders take over any market in Nigeria. If they dared am sure their dead bodies will be brought home.

      Maybe if you follow the rules of the land and respect it, no one will attack you. There are hundreds of immigrants in Ghana and South Africa.

      Examine what you are doing wrong. And stop making it one sided there are two sides to every story.

      Respect the law. Just as Ghanaians respect the law in foreign lands when we travel. I find it funny you never report the daily yahoo and 419s by Nigerians in Ghana every damn day. But this one you will report one sided.

      If you like swallow my comment and drink zobo on top I said what I said.

    • Exq

      August 7, 2018 at 12:51 am

      The fact that you said only Nigerians claim attacks in South Africa shows that your brain has been deactivated. Even other southern Africans from Zimbabwe and Namibia are being attacked; are you on cheap drugs?!

    • Quisse

      August 7, 2018 at 2:10 am

      Two sides to every story,
      Just read your foolish comment.
      Oh, Ghanaians have now become saints; they respect themselves when they travel? Your comment is all sorts of foolish. What’s even more stupid is the fact that you said only Nigerians complain about attacks in SA, that’s when I realized you’re not only stupid but need a new brain. To put it into your fish brain, Ghanaians WERE also among the xenophobic attacks of last year in SA, including Zimbabweans and Malawians. If you think that only Nigerians get attacked in SA then you’re totally stupid. Y’all talk like you Ghanaians are saints, no country has saints and y’all mess up too, even in Nigeria. Talking like your nationals don’t get deported cause of fraud, amongst others. Even here in Canada, y’all do fraud and all manner of nonsense, but Nigeria gets all the attention. Useless man or woman; whatever you are.

    • Bola

      August 7, 2018 at 3:37 am

      The one thing I dislike about most Ghanaians is how fake they are. Your comment makes no sense. What gibberish has what you just said justify the current happenings? It’s crazy how you act like Ghanaians are saints and do nothing wrong. Ghanaians have been sacked in Nigerian companies and overseas for embezzling money. But y’all will only focus on Nigerians? Oh, y’all don’t do internet fraud? Many of them in Holland. Who told you all Ghanaians act right when they’re outside Ghana? So it’s all Ghanaians that obey laws? You summed up your stupidity by adding that how come it’s only Nigerians talking about xenophobia in South Africa. Are you stupid, blind, deaf or both? Kenyans, even their fellow Southern African neighbours, and YOU Ghanaians face the same there, and here you are talking like your brain has been used for a sacrifice?! I really can’t with you foolish Ghanaians.

    • miss_nk

      August 11, 2018 at 10:48 am

      lol and the sakawa boys aren’t Ghanaians? Don’t be silly. One thing common with Ghanaians is their sneakiness covered up as meekness. Very two-faced. At least with Nigerians, you know what you’re getting upfront.

    • Jay

      August 4, 2018 at 10:18 pm

      Yes, they were asked to leave as they were way too much in the Nigeria at the time. Get over it. At least they weren’t harassed or attacked; they were given an ultimatum to leave. Ghanaians were all over Nigeria at the time, in almost if not ALL parts of the states of Nigeria. Ghanaians today are still all over Nigeria yet they act like they’re not living in Nigeria and behave as though only Nigerians live in Ghana. Different strokes for different folks; I personally wouldn’t live in Ghana even if I was paid. Even your artistes, majority of them gained recognition by living and acting in Nigeria. Yet it was alleged that Nigerian actors were taxed heavily whenever they acted or produced movies in Ghana. Even still, many of Ghanaian artistes till today still live in Nigeria and act as though their placentas were buried in Nigeria. Find something else that’s reasonable to say. That the then Nigerian government asked Ghanaians to leave and gave them an ultimatum; doesn’t mean that the alleged attack is acceptable.

    • Vera

      August 5, 2018 at 8:08 am

      like Biafra i feel Nigerians dont have a COMPLETE understanding of our history. Xenophobic attacks on Ghanaians were actually quite common during that period. There are many historical accounts of this. So saying there were no attacks is completely inaccurate. A lot of people do not realise this but this is also not the first time Nigerians in Ghana have faced animosity. The Ghanaian government in the 60s sacked Nigerians in the country then for the very same reasons Nigerians sacked Ghanaians. We call ourselves siblings, but there clearly some animosity that has been brewing between us based on competition.

    • Susan

      August 5, 2018 at 4:25 pm

      Vera what you’ve said is also inaccurate and shows you also have incomplete understanding of what happened. Does that justify the current attacks? Abeg enough with this Biafra, that’s now what we’re currently talking about. Ghanaians weren’t asked to leave cause of Xenophobia or animosity; the influx of Ghanaians to Nigeria at the time was TOO MUCH. Their economy was at an all time low and they were all over Nigeria at the time. After all, not everyone left, many still stayed back. What you’ve said has zero correlation with what the other person stated and what’s currently happening in Ghana.

    • Exq

      August 5, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      Vera get your facts right. Even during that time, there were many people living in Nigeria who weren’t even nationals and weren’t even from West Africa. Especially many Southern Africans at the time; so why just the Ghanaians? Not all of them were sent and they were given an ultimatum to leave (even though it was sad) as Jay clearly stated. The influx was way too much and Nigeria couldn’t accommodate them all the time. Not because of xenophobia or competition; what competition even? And that doesn’t justify the current attacks. Endeavour to leave mindful comment and be practical, please.

    • Seriously

      August 6, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      The reality that nigerians have refused to accept is, Nigerians living in other countries break the rules and law a lot. They overdo, don’t respect and want to overtake from the locals. They walk around with a sense of entitlement and superiority.
      Many things that Nigerians try in other countries, these people can’t try the same in Nigeria. They will be put in their place.
      Nigerians have low tolerance, are lousy and walk around like they are the shit.
      So before blaming Ghanaians, there’s two sides to this story. I’ve visited Ghana, and they are peaceful. So something must have triggered the attack.

    • Munya

      August 7, 2018 at 4:43 pm

      The reality is that you’re biased and you’ve failed to put that aside and be rational. The fact that you said Nigerians are lousy is unintelligent. Such a reckless comment and generalization from a supposed literate individual. You’re obviously Ghanaian yet you’re saying that “you visited Ghana”. So the crap that you wrote justifies the attacks?
      I’m from Zimbabwe and the way the media tries to portray Nigeria is sad. And the way you Ghanaians like to portray yourselves as holy and sacred is laughable. I remember the first day I visited Ghana and when I lived in Ghana, I totally hated it there but I had no choice cause it was an official transfer for a couple of years. I can’t even begin to narrate all I experienced there. Without a doubt, the worst African country I’ve lived in and worked. Ghanaians are so fake, its mind-blowing. They portray themselves as a kind, blemish free and generous; yet they do the most. Why I like Nigerians is that they’re real and blunt, they tell it as it is – black and white; unlike the Ghanaians who kill slowly. I’ve been scammed by Ghanaians, on SEVERAL occasions; yet only Nigerians do bad things? I’ve also worked in companies where Ghanaians elope with company funds; but Nigerians only do these things? In college, (in North America), I knew Ghanaians who were doing drugs and fraud, some till today are still in custody. Honey, you have bad and irresponsible people EVERYWHERE; even in my country Zimbabwe, so miss me with that crap. Ghanaians are everywhere in Nigeria, I’ve lived and worked in Zimbabwe, SA, Nigeria and Ghana; yet Ghanaians act like they don’t live in Nigeria? Go to Lagos, Abuja and Port Harcourt and see for yourself. I’m pretty sure they’re in other places in Nigeria too but these are the only places I’m familiar with in Nigeria.
      To the cretin who mentioned that only Nigerians complain about Xenophobic attacks in SA; it’s either he/she is ignorant, misinformed, mindless or doesn’t watch the news. Kenyans, Ugandas, Somalians, Malawians, people from my country, even Ghanaians got attacked. You all need to be reasonable and practical.

  3. Ada

    August 4, 2018 at 6:28 pm

    This is sad. We Africans are our own problems, not the white man.

  4. Kwame Canada

    August 4, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Please mother Ghana, do not go to that roots! It’s not and it will not be that way to go. For the well-being of all, seek the best possible solution for this problem. We are brothers and sisters, I know some will write to insult me for my comments, the fact is we are one even though we come from different tribes and country. Nonetheless, I pray that the authorities will not do anything that will cause unnecessary hardships to anyone. Please seek PEACE!

  5. Bowl

    August 4, 2018 at 8:48 pm

    I side with you Fleur. The Nigerian citizen is like that orphan bereft of any covering of privilege. Good only to be trampled upon wherever he is found.
    We are still dancing in cycles and will continue to do so unless we face our problems squarely, dealing with them with all the decisiveness we can muster. Until then, we will continue to be at other nations mercies. It dies not matter how they mete it out to us !

  6. Bowl

    August 5, 2018 at 12:23 am

    I meant does not

  7. Christopher

    August 5, 2018 at 7:53 am

    this happened in 2017 and still repeating itself again, this Ghanaian self did they think they -an live in their country without any country to live with them to invest and do business with them, I insist saying nothing they can do to Nigerians there more the igbo because they are the success to there land.

  8. Bowl

    August 5, 2018 at 11:21 am

    @Vera, pls it is not the first time

  9. Kwame Canada

    August 5, 2018 at 11:52 pm

    Please brothers and sisters, there is no need to justified who is right and who is wrong. True, Ghana government did asked Nigerians to leave mother Ghana in the time past. It is also true that Nigerian government like-wise asked Ghanaians to leave Nigeria many years ago. These are history, we don’t need to repeat it again and again! We are living in the 21 century and people are moving to one country to another, hence, immigration has become a big problem even to very rich countries around the world. Rather than rain insults to one another, we should seek godly wisdom, pray for the governmental authorities so that they would be able to find reasonable solution to these problems that has cast a bad feelings between two beautiful, loving nations. My best friend here in Canada is not Ghanaian, rather, a true brother from another land Nigeria.

  10. Audrey

    June 20, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    The people we should be fighting are our leaders and not ourselves. If the Nigerian government were to manage resources and funds very well, I doubt any Nigerian will migrate to Ghana and if Ghana’s borders aren’t so porous,only people(whatever nationality) with the right paper work will do business here and the criminals would have been prosecuted.

  11. Dengarlagu

    July 8, 2019 at 5:16 pm

    Nice Information

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