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Students raped at gunpoint on Ghana trip

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

Authorities in Ghana are investigating the sexual assault of four British girls and their teacher at gunpoint.

The Sixth Form students, aged between 16 and 17, were part of an organised trip by a school in southern England.

Reports say the four girls and their teacher were attacked on Saturday night at the hostel where they were staying in the Greater Accra region.

The attackers shot and wounded a security guard who attempted to stop them.

The students and their teacher have been flown back to the UK for medical attention and are responding to treatment.

The UK Foreign Office says around 90,000 Britons visit Ghana every year. Attacks like this on foreign nationals are not common in Ghana and the authorities are searching for the attackers.

Ghana university removes 'racist' Gandhi statue

A controversial statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the famed Indian independence leader, has been removed from a university campus in Ghana's capital, Accra.

Students and lecturers told the AFP news agency it had been removed from the Legon campus of the University of Ghana overnight on Tuesday.

The statue was unveiled by India’s former President Prana Mukherjee in 2016 to celebrate strong ties between the two countries.

The university's professors launched a petition calling for its removal soon after the unveiling, saying Gandhi was "racist" and that the university should put African heroes "first and foremost".

In the wake of the row, Ghana's government at the time had said the statue would be relocated.

A journalist has tweeted photos of the plinth before and after its removal:

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Students welcomed the statue's removal.

Benjamin Mensah told AFP: "It's a massive win for all Ghanaians because it was constantly reminding us of how inferior we are."

Though Gandhi is known for his non-violent resistance to British rule, his comments on Africa and black people have been more controversial.

Read more: Ghana tackles 'racist' Gandhi

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Mahatma Gandhi was an inspiration to many freedom fighters

Ghana man drowns during baptism

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A 20-year-old man has drowned while being baptised by a pastor in a river south of Ghana's capital, Accra.

In a video circulating on social media, Yaw Kyeremeh is seen stationed at the banks of River Densu together with a pastor who immersed him in the water.

Then after brief prayers he was immersed a second time but he did not emerge from the waters.

Accra Regional Police Command spokeswoman Afia Tenge told the BBC a junior pastor had been arrested at the scene while police were still searching for the head pastor of the church involved in the baptism.

The drowning, which happened on Sunday, has led many people to question why a life should be lost during a religious ritual.

The man's family is quoted by local media as saying that it does not blame anyone for the drowning.

Police said the 20-year-old's body was in a mortuary, and an autopsy still needed to be done before it was given to the family for burial.

Ghana phone firms slapped with million-dollar fine

Thomas Naadi

BBC Africa, Accra

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Vodafone, MTN, GLO and Airtel/Tigo have been sanctioned

All four of Ghana's mobile network operators have been fined a total of $7m (£5.4m) for failing to meet benchmark service requirements.

Frequent call drops, calls taking a long time to go through and poor sound quality were among the reasons Ghana’s National Communications Authority punished Vodafone, MTN, Glo and Airtel/Tigo.

The biggest fine of $2.4m was handed to Airtel/Tigo, Joy Online reports.

Consumers have told the BBC they have faith that the sanctions will result in improved services.

Worst affected are residents of rural Ghana who even have to climb trees or walk several kilometres to find sufficient network reception to make and receive calls.

Hear about the Ghanaian village where a tree has solved the locals' connectivity problems

Right to Dream - Africa's only girls' football and education programme

Joy & Marion take Sportshour on a tour of the Right to Dream academy in Ghana
Ahead of the Women's Africa Cup of Nations in Ghana, footballers Joy & Marion take Sarah Mulkerrins on a tour of the Right to Dream academy - which offers Africa's first and only girls' football and education programme.

Both speak about their hopes for gender equality in the sport and how they can't wait to watch women's football matches inside stadiums during the tournament. 

We also hear from the academy's Head of Football, Gareth Henderby, who says the talent among girls in Africa is huge but their opportunities are very limited.

Photo: Right to Dream academy (Right to Dream)