3 injured, six arrested as Nigerian traders confront Ghanaian counterparts over locked shops
London, Dec. 3, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The police authorities in Ghana say three people sustained serious injuries while six persons have been arrested following a bloody clash between Ghanaian and Nigerian traders in Accra.
The fight at Kwame Nkrumah Circle on Monday follows the closure of shops belonging to some Nigerian traders
Over 600 shops belonging to foreign traders particularly Nigerians at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle have been locked up by members of the Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA).
This is not the first time GUTA members had embarked on such an exercise in their quest to rid the Ghanaian market of foreign traders who are engaging in retail.
According to GUTA, government has failed to enforce Section 27 (1) of the GIPC Act, which bars foreigners from doing retail business.
Some of the local traders told Citi News they will enforce the law if government is not willing to adhere to their request “We are trying to enforce the GIPC law because we have seen that, the leaders of the country will not enforce it. So we have to enforce it ourselves. We have been in this thing for twenty years and they are killing our market.
Government upon government have failed to enforce the law, that is why we are where we are today. The only thing that can be done is to ensure that the foreigners do not enter into the retail business. If they don’t come, the case has ended. “
ACP Abraham Acquaye, the Nima Police Divisional Commander, confirmed the arrest and injuries to DGN Online.
There has been tension between Ghanaian and Nigerian traders in recent time.
Vice President of All Chairmen Association, a Ghanaian Traders’ group, Kojo Dankwa, told journalists at Circle, that Nigerians have succeeded in taking over business from Ghanaians through unfair trade practices.
He said Nigerian traders in Ghana were recruiting their relatives from Nigeria and placing them at vantage points to gain hold of the market over their Ghanaian counterparts.