IGP Oppong-Boanuh: Don’t use violence in dealing with LGBTQI+ issue

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Oppong-Boanuh says it is unlawful to resort to violence in dealing with the controversial LGBTQI+ debate

The Inspector General of Police James Oppong-Boanuh has called for greater circumspection in dealing with activities of Lesbians, Gays, Transgender, Bisexual, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) in the country.

He said that is the safest way to deal with the issue “without causing needless disorder”.

According to him, the country has many laws on its statutes in dealing with such acts hence the public should not take the law into their hands in fighting LGBTQI members.

He added that using violence to resolve the LGBTQI debate is unconstitutional because the police are well placed to deal with all manner of crimes.

The police chief’s comments follow threat by some chiefs and community members at Kwabenya to burn down a newly-opened office space of the LGBTQI+ members.

According to Oppong-Boanuh, such planned attacks are inimical to the social order “as crime cannot be fought by perpetrating another crime.”

Commissioning a new conference centre of the Central Regional Police Command in Cape Coast, he also called on his charges to be circumspect in dealing with the LGBTQI+ community in order not to trample on their human rights.

“Please do not take the law into your own hands,” he admonished the police.

Listen to Oppong-Boanuh on the issues of LGBTQI+

Nana Baah-Acheamfuor

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