Residents of Achimota Senior High School and its environs are living in fear following the discovery of dead bodies in the area.
At least, five bodies have been found on the school premise, which has been encroached on by squatters and estate developers, in less than one year under mysterious circumstances.
A corpse was seen last Friday by some scrap dealers near the Pure Fire Miracles Ministries International church close to the main campus of the school.
Grasses and tree leaves were seen covering the body, which produced an odour at where it was deposited.
Some residents told The Ghanaian Times that the body had been lying in the bush for weeks, explaining that efforts to get the police to retrieve the body had proven futile.
Some residents said the victim might have been murdered elsewhere, and dumped in the bush.
Others suggested that the site is being used by wee smokers and, therefore, assumed that the person might have been killed there.
A resident told The Ghanaian Times there had been many cases of gruesome murder and assault in the area recently.
He related how a woman with a baby strapped at her back, was murdered by a man who stabbed her with a knife from behind.
“The woman had gone to fetch water for her household when she met her untimely death.”
“Apart from her, teachers of the Achimota School have also suffered from ordeals leading to some being hospitalised,” he said, and continued to recount how a teacher relaxing outside his bungalow, was pounced on and butchered with a machete.
He said though security around the area had been intensified in recent times, the activities of the perpetrators were still on the rise.
When contacted, the headmistress of the school, Mrs. Beatrice Tsotso Adom, bemoaned the happenings, especially the killings in the area.
According to her, plans to get encroachers off the land had not been successful as the school did not get the needed support from its stakeholders.
The situation could be curtailed when a fence wall was constructed, adding, “We want to build a wall around the school, but efforts to do so have proven futile”.
She said a petitioned had, therefore, been submitted to the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education to solicit support for the construction of the wall, but response had delayed.
The Times also spoke to some parents who had come to visit their wards in the school.
An executive of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) revealed that a petition had been submitted to the GES.
According to the parent, at a meeting organised by the PTA in November last year, parents agreed to pay GH¢100 per student for three years to help mobilise enough funds to construct a 11.5-kilometre fence around the school.
By Charles Amankwa