A gang of Muslim youths are wanted by Ghanaian police over the lynching murder of a gay man but their local community is refusing to cooperate with authorities to help catch them and they are reportedly still trying to hunt down a man they believe was his lover.
The man believed to be the lover of the lynched man barely escaped a similar fate but was tipped off by relatives that the mob of around 30 youths was coming for him.
The man who is on the run had been living in the Muslim dominated Accra suburb of Nima for some time and was widely believed by locals to be a homosexual.
Local clerics had advised him to repent but the trouble really started when another gay man moved to the area and locals suspected them of being in a relationship with each other.
Two youths confronted the men over what they said was them flaunting their relationship and the lynched man struck them, resulting in a scuffle.
The two youths then gathered a mob of around 30 people and broke into the home of the man who had struck them.
Police are investigating but are not hopeful they will make arrests.
Crime Officer for Nima Divisional Police Inspector Kwadwo Osei told Daily Guide that it was difficult to identify suspects in incidents of mob violence.
‘These people would not open up to you when you try to establish who killed the young man and are pursuing his partner,’ Osei said.
‘They don’t see it as helping in investigations; they see it as snitching. And that community frowns upon snitching.’
There have been conversations in Ghana about decriminalizing homosexuality but the issue has been deferred to the country’s Supreme Court.
Sex between people of the same-sex is a relatively minor offense in Ghana compared to other parts of Africa and only punished with a maximum of three years in prison.