A Nigerian woman based in Ghana has committed suicide following the closure of her shops by Ghanaian authorities. The sad incident was disclosed by the National Association of Nigerian Traders (NANTs), Ghana Chapter, reported in Abuja on Tuesday.
The association made the development known when the leadership visited the Senior Special Assistant to the Nigeria’s President on Foreign Affairs and Diaspora, Mrs Abike Dabiri-Erewa, to seek the intervention of President Muhammadu Buhari on the matter.
The President of NANTS, Ghana, Chief Chukwuemeka Nnaji, said Mrs Stella Ogonna Okpaleke, a Nigerian whose shops were locked for her failure to meet strict trading conditions put by the Ghana Government committed suicide on Sept. 22.
Nnaji called for the intervention of the Federal Government of Nigeria over alleged maltreatment of Nigerian businessmen in Ghana.
#Regrettably on Saturday, September 22, one of our female members, Mrs. Stella Ogonna Okpaleke, whose shop has been under lock and key by the Ghana authority, committed suicide.
“She committed suicide based on her shop and that of her husband that were locked. The information we gathered was that when the authorities locked the shop, she lost hope of having it reopened.
“She is from Nnewi Local Government Area of Anambra State. We actually don’t know how much she owed, but we learnt that she took loan for her business,” Nnaji said.
According to him, the harassment on the Nigerian community and traders in Kumasi, Ghana, is so severe.
“It is unfortunate that this woman decided to take her own life,” Nnaji said, and called on Buhari to urgently intervene to avert similar incidents in the future.
Nnaji said that Nigerian traders are being unnecessarily stressed by Ghanaian authorities.