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Homosexual Residents Wanted for ‘Unholy Acts’ in Nima Community

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The Nima community  has been thrown into a state of unrest following the alleged involvement of some of its residents in homosexual-related activities. Three individuals, namely Faisel Amija, Nana Boateng, and Paapa Ibrahim, have been declared wanted by the community for their alleged involvement in what is seen as a taboo act. The hunt for Nana Boateng, who is believed to be the ringleader, has intensified following the alleged beating to death of Razak Nuhu, one of the suspects, during the attack.

According to reports, the residents from the Islamic community physically assaulted the suspects after invading their homes. They accused the men of engaging in acts that are against the laws of the country and the community’s values. Nana Boateng, who is alleged to be the leader of the group, got his house and personal belongings burnt into ashes.

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The youth spokesperson, Baba Musah, said that some elders of the community had received complaints over the ‘unholy acts’ of the men and had been investigating the issue over a period of time. It was also gathered that Razak Nuhu confessed to the crime after being beaten and tortured by angry youths before he died. The angry youths searched for Nana Boateng everywhere in the town and even wrote a threatening note on his door. They vowed that unless Nana Boateng disappeared from the surface of the earth, he would either be killed.

Homosexual relationships have been criminalized in Ghana since the 19th century under British colonial rule. In 2018, the UK prime minister at the time, Theresa May, apologized for such laws, saying “They were wrong then, and they are wrong now.”

The proposed Promotion of Proper Human Sexual Rights and Ghanaian Family Values bill, brought forth by eight Members of Parliament in July 2021, seeks to criminalize not only same-sex sexual relationships and marriages but also identifying as LGBTQI+, promoting and funding of LGBTQI+ groups, and public debate or education on sexual orientation and gender identity. International organizations have raised concerns that the Bill could infringe on the rights of LGBTQ+ persons who are a minority group in the country.

The situation in Nima shows the deep-seated belief in traditional values and the condemnation of homosexuality in Ghanaian communities. The proposed bill will only exacerbate the situation by further infringing on the rights of LGBTQ+ persons in the country. The government must find a way to strike a balance between upholding traditional values and respecting the human rights of all citizens.

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