Police urged to probe students-police clash

Dr. Opoku-Prempeh

Dr. Opoku-Prempeh

The Minister of Education, Dr. Mathew Opoku Prempeh, has paid a visit to the Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI) in connection with the clash between the students of the Institute and the police, last Tuesday.

Students of the Institute, were said to have blocked the main Amakom road leading to their school in a jubilant mood for placing third in the inter-schools sports competition at the Baba Yara stadium.

About 45 students of the Institute were injured and admitted at the Anwiam Clinic in Kumasi as a result of the clash between them and the Police.

At the school, Dr Prempeh told newsmen that he had seen live and rubber bullets on the school campus, but he could not outrightly condemn the police or the students.

“I have not made up my mind yet. I have come here to listen to your side and I am going to listen to the side of the police. I just feel something has gone on that is untoward. We have to go to the bottom and learn lessons out of it, but I have asked the students to remain calm,” he said.

He noted, however, that the excessive use of force and arms by the police in managing the situation was not the best and that, the ministry would be happy if the Police Command conducts investigations into the matter.

“The Ministry is highly worried about the excessive use of force by the Police in the dealing with the situation, I condemn it and would petition the Police Command for thorough investigations,” he said.

The Principal of the Institute, Dr. Joseph Abeiku Aprey, condemned the actions of the police and pledged to assist in the investigation for the culprits to be brought to book.

“The incident is painful and disgraceful and so it should not have happened at this modern age, what baffles me is how the police chased the students to their dormitories to attack them,” Dr. Aprey said.

According to Dr. Apprey, the insolence of the students did not warrant this brutality from the police as the police could have used different method in dealing with the situation.

He however, urged the Ghana Education Service and the Regional Police Command to investigate into the matter and bring to book the Officers who were involved in these brutalities.

From Kingsley E. Hope and Faustina Kwabea Osei, Kumasi

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