University of Ghana officials to investigate assault on alleged LGBTQ+ individual on campus

By Majesty 2 Min Read
University of Ghana (Legon)

The Management of the University of Ghana (UG) asserts its dedication to upholding the rules and regulations governing the institution in response to the reported assault on a supposed LGBTQ+ practitioner within the campus premises. 

In an official press release, signed by Dr. Elizier Ameyaw-Buronyah, the Director of Public Affairs, UG declares its commitment to safety, dignity, and inclusivity, promising appropriate sanctions for any university community member identified to be involved in the incident.

The University of Ghana strongly denounces the assault and denigration perpetrated by individuals seen in videos on social media, condemning such acts of lawlessness. 

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The commitment to the safety, dignity, and inclusivity of all persons, as stated in its Statutes, is reaffirmed by the university’s management.

Furthermore, it assures the public that the university will collaborate with the Ghana Police Service for a thorough investigation into the matter, ensuring the safety of all members of the university community and visitors to the campuses.

The university management expresses concern about the reported assault on a young man around the southern part of the Legon campus. 

Preliminary information reveals that the individual, dressed like a female seeking accommodation, was initially accommodated by women in the area who later realized his true gender and physically assaulted him. 

A refuse collector, assuming the young man to be a woman, intervened and took him to a refuse collection site on the campus, where he was further assaulted. University security personnel, alerted by students, intervened, and both the young man and the refuse collector were handed over to the Legon Police for investigation.

The rules of the University of Ghana explicitly prohibit vexatious conduct directed at individuals based on various characteristics, and the management emphasizes its commitment to enforcing these rules. 

In contrast, an LGBTIQ Rights Activist and Researcher, Papa Kojo Ampofo, rejects the university’s statement, calling for an independent investigation and urging the university to suspend any student identified to have been involved in the assault.

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