The Executive and members of the Nigerian Society of International Law has urged the Nigeria and Ghana governments to employ all means at their disposal in resolving dispute over the demolition of Nigeria High Commission’s property in Accra, Ghana, which had echoed criticisms across a wide spectrum, to prevent escalation that could warrant a tit-for-tat exhanges between the sovereigns.
Professor Yinka Omorogbe, President, Nigerian Society of International Law offered the legal opinion for and on behalf of the body in a statement dated June 26, 2020 and made available to journalist.
She called for a thorough investigation into the issue with a view “to ascertain the actual events that have led to the act of impunity, including ensuring that those involved, irrespective of their nationalities are brought to book”. Accordingly, “it is paramount to ensure full and lasting solution of all issues and to prevent similar reoccurrence in the future in the interest of the region and the continent of Africa”.
The statement which unambiguously viewed the June 20, 2020 flagrant violation of International law with so much consternation and dismay, cited a legal framework of Article 22 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations’ Nigeria and Ghana had pledged to obey, provides that: “the premises of a foreign Mission shall be inviolable and the agents of the receiving State shall be inviolable and the agents of the receiving State may not enter them, except with the consent of the Head of the Mission”.
The Article further “provides that the receiving State is under a special duty to take all appropriate steps to protect the premises of the Mission against any intrusion or damage and to prevent any disturbance of peace of the Mission or impairment of its dignity”, according to her.
Professor Omorogbe who is also Edo State Commissioner for Justice, admitted that from the official reactions of the Government of Nigeria and Ghana, the position of the aforementioned Articles have been affirmed by both Governments, bearing in mind that both Ghana and Nigeria have imports roles to play in the development and evolution of the sub-region and Continent.
The Commissioner who gave a brief historical perspective on the strong ties – social and economic cooperation that exist among the Countries of West Africa in the pre and post Colonial era, said Nigeria and Ghana have helped in pushing for economic integration through the Economic Community of West Africa States.
Our Correspondent reports that the Nigerian Society of International law was founded in 1968 by the great jurist, Dr Taslim Olawale Elias, comprising eminent and distinguished persons from all works of life towards promoting international harmony between Nigeria and other Countries.