Police in the Western Region are expected to meet officials from the Nigerian High Commission Thursday over the influx of alleged militants from Niger Delta.
This follows the arrest of 27 Nigerians who allegedly locked up their coordinator in a room and attempted to drown him for failing to pay them their allowance.
The Nigerians are said to have been posted to Ghana by the Nigerian government to learn skills in fitting and welding at the National Vocational Training Institute(NVTI )in Takoradi.
According to DCOP Hamidu Mahama, Western Regional Police Commander, the trainees were supposed to be paid $100 a day but the coordinator has been deducting the hotel bills and feeding fee out of the $100.
“So they felt cheated because if they have been handed the $100 a day they could make some savings for themselves. So they got annoyed and started rioting, kidnapped their leader and wanted to drown him in a sink,” DCOP Hamidu Mahama told Joy News.
However, workers at the hotel got wind of it, forced their way into the room and rescued the coordinator.
Meanwhile the National Vocational Training Institute has dismissed suggestions that the Nigerian students are militants brought into the country to cause trouble.
Stephen Amponsah, the Director of NVTI Ghana told Joy News the institute is in a contract with the Federal Republic Amnesty Programme of Nigeria to train up to 1000 Nigerian youth with each training lasting six months.
“The Special Advisor on Amnesty Programmes is arriving in the country today [Thursday], the military attaché at the High Commission has been informed and they are meeting them,” he confirmed.
Story by Joy News/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana
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