KNUST Demo: Over 20 students in police custody

KNUST Demo Over 20 students in police custody | Airnewsonline

Over twenty students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), in Kumasi, are in police custody following the chaos that occurred on the school’s campus on Monday, 23 October 2018.

The students were protesting alleged brutalities meted out to their colleagues who were arrested at the University Hall, which later got into a violent protest leading to the destruction of public and private properties.

The Ashanti Regional Police Commander, DCOP Kwasi Duku told Kwabena Prah Jnr on Ghana Yensom on Accra100.5FM on Tuesday, 23 October that the arrested students were cautioned and granted bail on the same day.

“We have arrested twenty of them, we cautioned them and then granted them bail,” he said.

DCOP Duku added: “Investigations are still ongoing and, so, we will make a full disclosure on the development after the probe.”

The students held a demonstration in protest to a directive that there will no longer be vigils and gatherings to sing ‘jama’ songs. Ten students and one alumnus were arrested on Friday and later released. This got the students infuriated thereby embarking on the demonstration.

Meanwhile, the university has been shut down indefinitely and a 6 pm to 6 am curfew imposed on the school enclave.

Ghanaian students are also to vacate the school before 12 pm on Tuesday, 22 October 2018.

Background

The Students’ Representative Council (SRC) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) led demonstration following the arrest of 10 students and one alumnus of the school.

The Executive Council of the SRC said the demonstration was necessary to end the management’s neglect of students.

The students were arrested for a holding vigil on campus last Friday without permission according to the school authorities.

One other student who was allegedly manhandled by the internal security is currently on admission at the KNUST hospital. The KNUST management, however, justified the arrests.

The University’s Public Relations Officer, Kwame Yeboah, told the media that the affected students did not seek permission before undertaking the vigil, contrary to the rules of the university.

“The university thinks certain activities in the night should not be entertained. Some other activities are permitted because the students applied for permission. But there was no permission for last Friday’s activity.

The students decided to go their own way. They decided not to obey any rules or regulations on campus, and the law doesn’t permit that. So when it happened, the police were brought in,” he said.

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