- The perennial clashes between the two halls have gone on for decades
- Police are conducting criminal investigations into the incident
The University of Ghana on Friday evening witnessed renewed clashes between some residents of Commonwealth Hall also known as Vandals and their counterparts at Mensah Sarbah Hall, known as Okpo Mates.
The incident occurred when the Vandals embarked on their traditional “semester walk” across the school campus. This time, they chose to use the road in front of Mensah-Sarbah Hall and this turned into fisticuffs.
According to a reporter with Radio Univers, the misunderstanding happened around 6pm. The “semester walk” by the Vandals is a pre-examination period ritual in which they embark on a procession. As challenge would have it, they used the road right in front of Mensah Sarbah Hall.
A confrontation ensued when the members of the Mensah Sarbah Hall took offence to the actions of the Vandals. Two vehicles, one of which belongs to the Sarbah Hallmaster, were badly destroyed at the Sarbah Hall car park.
According to reports, the police arrived quickly to quell the situation. The Dean of Student Affairs, Prof. Godfred Bokpin visited the scene and remarked that the procession of the members of Commonwealth was against his direct orders.
The background to this particular clash is a long one. The two halls in question have been traditional “enemies” for decades.
There are no reports of fatalities but the Police and the University management have commenced investigations into the matter.
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