KNUST protest: We didn’t mastermind the attack – Alumni
Written by saltfmghana on October 22, 2018
Contrary to claims the violent protest by some students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) was masterminded by old students, counsel for the alumni has denied any involvement.
George Tetteh Wayo in an interview said the allegation is false, adding that the actions of the students were impulsive.
“It was spontaneous and as humans, we do not have control over spontaneity. The SRC was leading and they were in charge. Most of the alumni are in Accra. Those in Kumasi had gone to work. It is the same first years who are demonstrating against them, no alumni is there,” he noted.
“It was ordained for it to happen for Prof Obiri Danso to know that he cannot come and change the entire historical nature of KNUST. The students are tired…The entire six halls. Whatever happened is to react directly to Obiri Danso’s administration of KNUST,” he added.
Over twenty students of KNUST are in police custody after students destroyed some property in a violent protest.
The students, according to reports, were on rampage protesting alleged brutalities meted out to their colleagues who were arrested at the University Hall last Friday and later granted bail.
About 30 cars were destroyed in the protest that has led to the indefinite closure of the school.
Registrar of the University, Andrew Kwesi Boateng responding to the issue said the attacks were masterminded by the alumni.
“Information available to KNUST indicates clearly that some alumni of the University Hall were the brain behind [the rampage], orchestrating and executing the acts of vandalism as they came in several buses to participate in today’s activity.” He noted.
KNUST closed down indefinitely
Meanwhile, students are expected to vacate the school premises by midday on Tuesday, October 23, 2018.
Ashanti Regional Security Council REGSEC has imposed a 12-hour curfew on the campus from 6:00pm to 6:00am, effective Monday.
“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.”
“After that, between 6:00am and 12:00noon tomorrow [Tuesday], every student must vacate the school premises including student leaders. The only people who will be permitted to stay are foreign students. We are going to provide security for such students. We will meet [relevant stakeholders] tomorrow [Tuesday] to agree on a tentative date that the school will be reopened”, Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah announced.