One person was reported dead, while several others sustained injuries when students of the Salaga T.I. Ahmadiyya School, in the East Gonja District of the Northern Region, went on the rampage yesterday.
The Northern Regional Police Public Relation Officer, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Ebenezer Tetteh, who confirmed this to The Ghanaian Times in an interview, said the students’ action was said to have been triggered by the school authorities decision to prevent the students from wearing bathroom slippers in the examination halls.
He said that the body of the deceased had been deposited at the Salaga Hospital mortuary, while one of the injured, in a critical condition was immediately transferred to the Tamale Teaching Hospital for treatment.
According to him, the school authorities seized the slippers but the action did not go down well with students, who then mobilised and launched an attack on the headmaster and the staff.
He said the students who outnumbered the masters managed to set the school store ablaze and hurled stones on them.
ASP Tetteh said the students destroyed the police van and attacked the security personnel deplored there to ensure law and order.
The PRO said the headmaster of the Salaga T. I. Ahmadiaya School, Mr. Mumuni Bimbi, was rescued from the school to an undisclosed location for safety as the community members threatened to lynch him.
He said that some people of Salaga vowed to deal with the headmaster should they set eyes on him in the Salaga township.
A source from Salaga told The Ghanaian Times that the community members who were not comfortable with the behaviour of the headmaster and were looking for an opportunity to confront him.
Information reaching The Ghanaian Times at the time of filing the story, indicated that the Northern Regional Minister in consultation with the Northern Regional Directorate of Ghana Education Service, had ordered a temporal closer of the school.
Mr. Ibrahim Alhassan, a worker at Salaga told The Ghanaian Times that all the students had left the school premises and that only police personnel and some few staff were seen on campus.
From Yakubu Abdul Majeed, Salaga