KNUST PRO fingers ‘outsiders’ for student vandalism & looting

The University Relations Officer (URO) of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kwame Yeboah, has expressed suspicion that some outsiders joined Monday’s protest by students.

According to him, the level of damage done to property cannot be carried out by level-headed students of the University.

Property yet to be quantified were vandalized by protesting students, who claim the school’s security has not been fair to them over the past week.

They claim some of them were brutalized last week during an unprovoked gathering.

Motorbikes and bicycles at the main security post of KNUST were set ablaze by the marauding students while some cars parked at the administration block had their windows and windscreens smashed.

Speaking in an interview with Onua FM’s Kwame Baffoe Agyekum after the incident, Mr Yeboah said he highly suspects that non-students joined Monday’s protest.

He said the students’ action is a manifestation of talks by some elements way back after the University decided to allow female freshers into some halls of residence – precisely University Hall and Unity Hall.

“The number of students who showed up were surprising to me,” Mr Yeboah said.

“I can say for sure that many of them are not students,” he insisted.

He backed his claim by citing how arrests made over the past weeks have captured some non-students.

He said the non-students – some of whom are alumni – infiltrated the ranks of students, particularly those at Univerity Hall, popularly known as Katanga.

He said there was mass looting when cars were destroyed on Monday.

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Mr Yeboah was not happy with the posture of police officers called in to forestall further violence.

According to him, the officers of the Ghana Police Service looked on as the students destroyed property.

He said the action of the students is a threat to the country’s future if they will only resort to violence to have their grievances resolved.