Military and Police take over security at KNUST

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    Stephen Asante, GNA

    Kumasi, Oct. 23, GNA – A combined team of the
    Military and Police, has been deployed to take charge of security at the Kwame
    Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), as part of moves to
    restore calm on the campus.

    This is coming on the heels of a stakeholders’
    meeting in Kumasi on Tuesday, chaired by the Minister in-charge of the National
    Security, Mr. Albert Kan-Dapaah.

    Other personalities present at the meeting
    included; Dr. Mathew Opoku-Prempeh, Minister of Education, Mr Simon
    Osei-Mensah, Ashanti Regional Minister, as well as representatives of the
    University Council.

    Mr. Osei-Mensah told the media that the closed
    door meeting was to find a lasting solution to the current impasse between the
    University authorities and student body following recent disturbances on the
    campus.

    The University was thrown into a state of
    anarchy on Monday as some aggrieved students hit the streets to protest against
    what they said were series of brutalities meted out to them by the KNUST
    security.

    The latest incident was sparked by an alleged
    assault and subsequent arrest of some eleven (11) students of the University
    last Friday (October 19, 2018).  

    What was supposed to have been a peaceful
    demonstration turned violent as the teeming protestors decided to destroy
    everything in sight, burning vehicles and smashing windscreens, as well as
    louvres, billboards and other property belonging to the University.

    This was after they had mounted road blocks on
    all the principal streets amid chants and other aggressive behaviour.

    The Ghana News Agency (GNA) gathered that so
    far, about eighteen demonstrating students had been invited by the police for
    questioning for their various roles in the violent protest.

    When GNA visited the campus of the University,
    the place looked deserted with heavy military/police presence at all the entry
    points.

    The University had since the incident been
    indefinitely closed down.

    Meanwhile, the National Security Minister, as
    well as the Education Minister would be paying a fact-finding visit to the
    University to assess at first hand, the extent of damage done and the situation
    on the ground.

    GNA

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