Military and Police take over security at KNUST

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

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

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

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.


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