The Ghana Union Traders Association, GUTA, dared Nigerian traders to take them to court for shutting their shops. GUTA claims the shops were being operated illegally, but the Nigerian traders deny the claim.
GUTA insists all foreign-owned retail shops must close by November 4, 2019.
Daniel Owoahene Acheampong, Ashanti Regional Secretary of the Association, said, “What we are saying is that if they in the first place have flouted the laws, what is the beef if you also flout the laws? They should take us to court if they think what we are doing is not right. What they are doing is offending the law.”
The gazellenews gathered similar incident happened a few months ago, where police and military personnel had to be deployed to maintain order at Suame Magazine. Irate Ghanaian traders were said to have ransacked shops owned by Nigerians, insisting they must be evicted from the area.
Ghanaian traders have expressed displeasure against Nigeria’s decision to shut its borders to its neighbours. The Nigerian government maintains it took the action to curb rice and arms smuggling and illicit drug trade. GUTA’s action is believed to be retaliatory.