2 KNUST students dismissed for their role in UCC clash

Authorities of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) have dismissed two students for their role in last weekend’s clash at University of Cape Coast (UCC).

Three students were seriously injured during the attack involving students of the UCC, University of Ghana as well as KNUST. 

Joy News’ Central Regional correspondent, Richard Kwadwo Nyarko reports that some of the students took the buses to the Cape Coast university under the pretense of partaking in a debate programme. 

“They eluded the security system, brought their bus into the campus and took part in the clashes,” the reporter said. 

Last Friday, the Central Regional police confirmed they have arrested some 22 students involved in the recent clashes on campus during the Atlantic (ATL) hall week celebration.

At least three students sustained serious injuries at UCC following a clash between some irate students of University of Ghana, KNUST and UCC.

The skirmishes witness said erupted when porters of Oguaa Hall refused to allow some naked students from the Commonwealth Hall popularly referred to as (Vandals), Unity and ATL students into the hall.

Several properties worth thousands of cedis belonging to Oguaa hall was been destroyed, the eyewitness said.

One of the casualties Emmanuel Quarshie, 18, who is receiving medical treatment at the 37 Military Hospital told Joy News, he begged his attackers to spare him while they poured kerosene on his feet.

Mr Quarshie who said he is asthmatic narrated how the incident has left his legs limb and he has been unable to walk. 

He said he is optimistic that with time he would walk again after being stabbed when the police threw a tear gas and he fell during the skirmishes.  

Authorities at UCC said they would surcharge the students found culpable after police conclude its investigations.

Meanwhile, UCC’s Director of Public Relations Major Rtd. Kofi Bentum told Joy News hall week celebrations have been rescheduled “to allow tempers to calm down”.

He added that the celebrations would still come off provided the hall leaders could guarantee no one would engage in any unruly behavior. Hall leaders are also to present to management their celebrations plans. 

Major Rtd Bentum said hall weeks are to be celebrated within the confirms of the hall with no other universities invite.

He disclosed that the UCC Vice Chancellor is holding a consultation with other Vice Chancellors regarding the way forward, adding the recent incident happened on authorities blind side. 

Joy News understand the police in the Central region is undertaking an inter-institution investigation to smoke out all of those students who took part in the clashes.

 

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