KNUST Students Panic Over Riot Videos

THERE IS apprehension among students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, especially those who partook in the mayhem that rocked their campus last Thursday.

This follows the school management’s decision to officially release the video footage of lawlessness that took place in the university campus to the security agencies.

The Ashanti Regional Police Command would rely heavily on the video footage, captured by Closed-Circuit Television (CCTV), to help apprehend the troublemakers.

Bloody Clashes

As a reminder, the KNUST campus was virtually turned into a ‘war’ zone when angry students of Katanga and Unity halls clashed last Thursday evening.

In the course of the clashes, occasioned by the celebration of a Hall Week in the school, several items were destroyed as some students also sustained body injuries.

A number of vehicles that were parked at the scene of the clash had their windscreens damaged.

According to reports, a former student of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), who sustained severe injuries during the riots, was arrested to assist in investigations.

Police Investigations

Meanwhile, top investigators from the Ashanti Regional Police Command are reported to have officially commenced investigations into the disturbances.

The university management are said to be annoyed about the level of lawlessness displayed by the rampaging students, so they want to get to the bottom of the case.

In this regard, the school management have hurriedly worked and produced video footage of what transpired in the school to the police, to help arrest the culprits.

According to reports from the KNUST, students that actively took part in the disturbances that led to the destruction of properties, are now living in fear.

The students are aware that definitely the video footage would eventually expose them, thereby leading to their arrest to face the necessary punitive measures.

In a related development, cars that were damaged by the rampaging students during the clashes, have since been towed away for maintenance, the paper has learnt.

Also, police have beefed up security in the university campus in order to prevent students from breaching the law again, as they did on Thursday evening.

Meanwhile, grapevine reports have it that the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) is considering the banning of Hall Week celebrations in the school to avert riots.

FROM I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi