A 48-year-old Nigerian man, Thompson Peter, has been arrested for allegedly stabbing a Ghanaian man to death, claiming the purported victim was a thief.

Peter was said to have committed the act in self defence.

The incident has reportedly led to xenophobic attacks against Nigerians living in Ghana, with five persons killed in reprisal attacks so far.

The policemen who reportedly visited the alleged crime scene were also attacked and chased away by the protesting Ghanaians.

As posted on Facebook by one Ifeanyi Chukwuemeka, the Nigerian Ghana resident, Peter, allegedly stabbed Ghanaian 27-year-old Misbau Amadu in the head with a knife after a confrontation at his residence at about 10:00pm on Thursday.

“The victim was rushed to the Mary Lucy Hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by the doctors.

“Inspector Kwabena Danso, Deputy Accra Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), said a week ago, Thompson Peter lodged a complaint at the Sowutoum Police Station that Misbau Amadu had broken into his apartment and stolen some items.

“The matter is still under investigations,” Inspector Kwabena Danso posited. 

"Meanwhile, crisis has allegedly broken out in the area, with many Nigerians being attacked,” Chukwuemeka wrote.

Another Facebook post by Stephen Chase Ebuka showed that Ghanaian policemen were attacked by angry youths in the crime scene because they wanted to enforce peace in the neighbourhood.

So far, Ebuka said, five Nigerians have been killed in a reprisal attack along Santa-Maria, a few kilometres away from Sowutom.

He advised every Nigerian living in the crime area to “stay indoors till things cool off.”

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