The police Wednesday morning closed down the recently opened office of a Lesbians, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI) group in Accra, Ghana.
The five-bedroom apartment, which was housing the group at Ashongman Estate was opened on Sunday, January 31, 2021.
The security operatives raided the office after the owner of the facility, Dr. Asenso Gyamfi, made a complaint about suspicious activities happening in the apartment.
In an interview, he said that had a conversation with the tenant but was not satisfied with the answers he provided.
He disclosed that he had received an anónymous text message at about 7pm on Tuesday saying that the house is being used for LGBTQ activities.
“When I asked for evidence he sent me pictures of an event that was held in this house so I called the agent and I asked him who rented the house because they have been here for just two months. I asked him if he was aware an event of this nature took place here? He said ‘Oh Doc, nothing really it was just a party and fundraiser event we were having and it is all over social media,” he said.
Since the opening of the facility, the government has been under pressure to shut down the centre.
Religious authorities have condemned the advocacy for LGBT+ rights in Ghana.
Story by: Obeng Manasseh Osei | universnewsroom.com