KNUST clash: Three more suspects arrested

KNUST campus

At least three more suspects have been arrested in connection with recent disturbances at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), has learnt.

The suspects mainly residents attached to the University Hall [Katanga] were arrested by the police while writing their semester exam, sources say.

“So the first was arrested on Monday while the two others were also arrested on Tuesday”, the source said adding, “they are currently at the Kumasi Central Police Station”.

An attempt to get bail for the suspects proved futile as at press time on Wednesday. This brings the number of suspects linked to the August 18 incident to five.

A pressure group which calls itself Concerned Katangees is up in arms against the management of the school, describing the latest arrest as an academic witch hunt.

“Since this day the school has witch-hunted some students of the Hall who were not even at the clash scene. These students have been denied their right to partaking in the ongoing semester exams all in the name of being suspects in a clash that occurred”, it said in a statement that further accused the Dean of Students and his Deputy of authorizing the arrest of the suspects.

The group said the actions and inactions of Prof. Wilson Agyei Agyare and Prof. Addai Mensah will “will destroy the career and lives of innocent suspects.

“Katanga will hunt them back”, it added.


The statement further called on the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who doubles as Chancellor of the University and the Vice Chancellor Prof. Rita Akosua Dickson to “look into this case and device a nice way of instilling peace amongst the two halls”.

What happened on August 18?

A clash between residents of the University (Katanga) and Unity (Conti) Halls got many injured and properties destroyed.

The Ashanti Regional Security Council has since beefed up security on campus as the search continues to hunt down the suspects.

The University management also announced a raft of measures to curtail such violence on campus, including the suspension of all Hall and SRC Week activities.

Management has also scrapped the Junior Common Room system, a decision many described as “draconian”.


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