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Rampaging local retailers in Ghana’s Suame Magazine who have been ransacking Shops belonging to Nigerian retailers calling for them to be evicted have led the government to deploy armed police officers to the area.
The mob went around to forcefully order the closure of the shops operated by Nigerian traders while destroying their wares in the process
A number of Nigerian traders left Suame Magazine on Tuesday after over 50 of their shops were closed down for engaging in retail trade contrary to Ghanaian laws.
The Nigerians had returned to business following assurances by the Ashanti Regional Police Command after it held meetings with their leadership on Tuesday.
Although executives of the Nigerian traders had directed their people to return to their business sites, majority of the shops remained closed.
The rampaging locals burnt lorry tyres and tied red bands as they moved violently to stop the Nigerians from opening their shops.
Chairman of the spare parts dealers Association at the market, Godfred Adu later addressed the youth and asked them to remain calm.
A taskforce from the Trade Ministry in 2018 met leadership of the Ghana Union of Traders Association and the Nigerian Union Traders Association to address the disagreements between the two parties with little success.
According to the GIPC law Section 27 (1) of the GIPC Act, a person who is not a citizen or an enterprise which is not wholly owned by a citizen shall not invest or participate in the sale of goods or provision of services in a market, petty trading or hawking or selling of goods in a stall at any place.
It is this law that the Ghanaian traders are accusing the local authority of failing to implement.
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