Sogakope SHS under siege

???????????????????????????????SECURITY at the Sogakope Senior High School has seriously been compromised as settler Kpekpo tribesmen, have taken over large portions of the land after razing down the perimeter fence.

Members of the Kpekpo community, who were allowed to settle near the school many years ago by the Fieve and Agave traditional areas, are not only laying claim to the school compound but are also now selling large stretches of the land to developers.

According to the headmaster of the school, Mr Kwame Tawiah Aggor, the Kpekpo people are now occupying more than 100 acres of the compound in a typical gypsy fashion, putting up houses, stealing belongings of the staff and students and also carrying out sexual assaults on the female students.

“We have had about six attempted rape cases on the campus since last year,” he revealed.

Worse still, he said that the people use the school as a thoroughfare from Sogakope to their community which is about three miles from the school.

Mr Aggor told The Ghanaian Times here last week that the school which was established 54 years ago, had a student population of 1, 700 and 170 staff members.

He said that for many years the Kpekpo community had harassed the school with unsubstantiated claim to the land, adding that matters took a serious and frightening turn five years ago when the school’s perimeter fence was being constructed.

“As soon as we put up the wall, they destroyed it, and this is what they are still doing.”

Meanwhile, the Volta Regional Minister, Madam Helen Ntoso has held an emergency meeting in Sogakope with the school authorities, representatives of Fieve and Agave traditional areas and representatives of the Kpekpo community over the escalating problem.

From Alberto Mario Noretti, Sogakope   

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