The Ghana Union of Traders Association (GUTA) have gone wild locking up shops belonging to foreigners in commercial hubs in the Ghana’s second largest city, Kumasi in the Ashanti region.
The clamp down on shops that begun from Alarbar spread to Adhye and Kejetiam on Wednesday.
The Ashanti Regional President of the Nigerian Association of Traders Union told Newsmen he has asked his nationals not to fight back when the errant people beseech their shops.
He however stated that the faces of the GUTA members are unfamiliar and wondered why they all refused to show any identity.
He told reporter Ivan Heathcote – Fumador, “as we speak now, there are some of the guys here at magazine closing shops belonging to foreigners.”
He however indicated that the Manhyia Divisional Commander ACP Kwaku Boah had deployed sexurity personnels to break the padlocks of some of the locked shops.
Executives of the Ashanti Region chapter of the Ghana Union of Traders Association were however contacted but insisted on maintaining silence until they were done with a meeting they had convened.
It is the fifth time this year that shops belonging to Nigerians have been locked by Ghanaian traders.
Just last month, more than 30 Nigerian-owned shops were locked by unidentified individuals in Ghana’s second largest city, Kumasi.
Recently, local traders in Accra said on a radio show that the locks are a warning to the government to enforce the law that bars foreigners from participating in the retail market.
The president of the Nigerian traders union in Ghana, Chukwuemeka Nnaji, told BBC Pidgin that “the Ecowas protocol gives all citizens of member states equal rights to do business, reside and establish a business in each member state”.
“We Nigerians in Ghana have the right to trade here in any kind of business, the law they are quoting is not applicable to Nigerians”, Mr Nnaji added.
But Ghanaian traders insist they want the government to enforce a 2013 law, which they say limits retailing in the country only to Ghanaians.
The shops in the capital remain locked and police have met with Ghanaian and Nigerian traders to resolve the situation.