In Tamale Deputy Saudi Ambassador admits firing warning shots at church members

In a meeting with the Tamale Metropolitan Commander, William Lovoe, the diplomat said she fired the shots in self-defence after members of the Spring of Life Assembly Church had come into her house.

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Ghana’s deputy ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Hajia Boya Gariba, has admitted firing warning shots during a scuffle with members of a church on Christmas Day.

In a meeting with the Tamale Metropolitan Commander, William Lovoe, the diplomat said she fired the shots in self-defence after members of the Spring of Life Assembly Church had come into her house.

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"They came here to attack me so I had to call the regional commander, and I told them to stop, you won’t stop because its not a church. I did the shooting because they gave it (gun) to us for self protection."

"I have reported to the police, the CID has come here several times they won’t stop. I was bathing then they came here to attack us and they even wounded this boy so I have shot. The gun is licensed and I have been trained to use it," she told Accra-based Starr FM.

A leader of the congregation, Elder Yakubu Iddrisu told Daily Graphic, members of the church went over to the house to enquire about a strange substance (which they suspected to be tear gas) that had been sprayed into the church.

The ambassador told the police it was pepper spray and not tear gas like the church members had suggested.

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Background

The Ambassador is reported to have complained on several occasions about noise levels from the church which adjoins her house. A boy had earlier been sent by the Ambassador to ask the church members to tone down the noise from the Christmas Day service but they reportedly manhandled him.

Noise from churches, the Islamic call to prayer and local bars are a constant nuisance in many residential neighbourhoods. Laws on the permitted decibels are generally not adhered to.

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