There is reported uneasy calm at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, where two students are said to have been separately attacked with sharp knives in bizarre circumstances, within a space of 24 hours.
Some students of the university have been fingered to be behind the dangerous attacks and the police, national security and KNUST security personnel are hunting them for possible arrests to assist in investigations, the paper gathered from sources.
The first student, who is attached to the Unity Hall, was allegedly attacked by a group of people believed to be KNUST students, who without provocation, purportedly stabbed him on his back three times and absconded around the Great Hall area.
The victim was at the Great Hall area, where he had visited earlier for a programme, and was searching for his missing mobile phone about midnight on Sunday, when he was attacked, Vincent Lomotey, KNUST Deputy Registrar, told newsmen.
The second victim, he said, was returning from the SRC Hall to the Unity Hall on Monday dawn when some people, also believed to be KNUST students, stabbed his palm with a sharp knife and fled.
Mr. Lomotey did not disclose the identities of the two male students to the media. He only said that the two victims were responding to treatment at the KNUST Hospital, adding that investigations were ongoing to arrest the culprits.
He said in the first attack which happened at midnight of Sunday, the victim had mentioned names of some students attached to the University Hall, for being behind the attack “and the security personnel are investigating it.”
According to him, in the second attack, even though the victim could not identify those who attacked him, through investigations by the security agencies, some students have been identified to have orchestrated the attack.
Mr. Lomotey flatly debunked earlier reports that the knife attacks occurred at KNUST because there was a violent clash between students of Unity Hall and the University Hall, noting that the attacks occurred separately and were not linked.
He also denied that there is high level insecurity at the KNUST, which resulted in the two attacks, noting that military and KNUST security staff patrol the school every night so KNUST doesn’t have security problems.
FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi