Ghanaian authorities have launched an investigation into a domestic violence incident in which shots were fired and a man was seriously injured.
The woman accused in the case, Agnes Andem Agyekum, also known as Mama Boyebo, claims her alleged attacker shot her boyfriend in a rage when he found out about her having an affair with her colleague at a jewelry store, a government official told CNN.
Mama Boyebo said she began having an affair with her colleague, a Ghanaian of Portuguese descent, a few months ago and he discovered this when she was coming in to work for the night and he opened the store’s safe. He then discovered she was also seeing her boyfriend, she said.
The CEO of the card and gift shop, however, told reporters that he did not understand the problem as his employee had denied in the interview with police that he had been involved in an affair with the store’s owner, because the store was supposed to be closed.
“I felt sorry for her (Agyekum), but really she has to explain to us something that did not add up,” Van Miles Afriyie told reporters on Saturday, after an incident in the early hours of the morning in which he said Mama Boyebo ran through the store threatening people and shooting at store employees, injuring one.
The comments provoked heavy criticism and calls on social media for action from the Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo and the National Communications Authority (NCA).
The NRA said on its Twitter account it was investigating Mama Boyebo for “promoting violence.”
Ghana has laws protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and equal rights, but LGBT activists say homophobic acts occur on a regular basis and carry jail sentences.
But a local charity founded to fight discrimination in society has said it’s not possible to gauge what could have motivated Mama Boyebo to get involved in violence.
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On January 20, 2017, a group of masked men clashed with police outside the National Theater in Accra after a musical performance. Several people were arrested, including Mama Boyebo. The two men suspected of the killings in the case could face up to life in prison if convicted.
The families of the two gay men said Mama Boyebo was one of the main instigators behind their killings.