- KNUST students protest escalates
- Police have picked up over 20 students for interrogation
- The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has since been closed down indefinitely, following the violent protests
The police has arrested over 20 students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) who allegedly partook in the destruction of properties as part of a demonstration on Monday.
On Monday some students went on rampage destroying school properties and ransacking cars belonging to school authorities in a bid to register their displeasure with what they termed as oppression.
This came after some 11 students including an alumnus of the university were arrested and put behind bars at the KNUST police station.
The students were reportedly beaten and brutalised by the University’s security personnel before being handed to the Police for holding a vigil without permission.
Initially the demonstration was meant to be peaceful, but it turned chaotic after the students were incensed by a message from the Dean of Students trying to stop them from going on with it.
In the ensuing chaos that erupted on Monday, the Dean of Students’ car was set on fire while the school’s administration building was also severely damaged.
However, speaking to Accra-based Citi FM, the Public Relations Officer of KNUST, Kwame Yeboah Jnr, confirmed that more than 20 of the rampaging students have been arrested.
Meanwhile, students of the University have also been asked to go home, with a curfew imposed on the school campus from 6:00pm to 6:00am.
The decision follows an order by the Ashanti Regional Security Council REGSEC to the University, to close down indefinitely in the wake of the unrest.
“The decision that has been taken by REGSEC is that, today [Monday] from 6:00pm to 6:00am, we have imposed a curfew on campus. So, no one is going out from 6:00pm. All students should be in their hall of residence,” he Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, said.
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