Students’ vandalism at UCC … Two injured, vehicles and property destroyed

The window glasses of this building destroyed by the students

The window glasses of this building destroyed by the students

A violent clash between students of Oguaa Hall of the University of Cape Coast (UCC) and their counterparts from the Atlantic Hall, has led to two students injured and a host of property destroyed.

The Oguaa Hall students were backed by some students from the Commonwealth Hall of the University of Ghana. Legon, and those of Unity Hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology.

A student, who was stabbed in the spine, was rushed to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, but was subsequently transferred to the 37 Military Hospitals because he was in critical condition.

Another student from the Cape Coast Technical University, who was on campus to assist his brother in business transaction, was stabbed in the back, forehead and hand, but is currently receiving treatment at the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital.

Some students, who were caught up in the melee, were treated and discharged at the UCC hospital.

A number of vehicles, including a bus belonging to the Oguaa hall, had their windscreens and other parts destroyed during the confrontation, and the glass door, notice board and other property, belonging to the hall were vandalised.

The Central Regional Public Relations Officer of the Ghana Police Service, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Irene Oppong, who confirmed the story to The Ghanaian Times, said that the confrontation happened around 7:30pm on Friday, but calm was restored around 3 am on Saturday.

ASP Oppong said that representatives from both Commonwealth and Unity halls, who were on the UCC campus at the instance of Atlantic Hall, for its hall week celebration, were said to have launched an attack on residents of Oguaa Hall when they were prevented from entering the hall.

She said information gathered indicated that some of the students from Unity and Commonwealth halls wanted to enter Oguaa hall naked as part of the hall week celebration, but were prevented by residents of the hall.

Not satisfied with that, ASP Oppong said, the students with the support of their host (Atlantic Hall) attacked residents of the hall with knives and stones.

She said the police “push back students from Oguaa Hall while dispersing the irate visiting students”.

ASP Oppong said that the police had dispatched a team to the Casley Hayford (CASFORD) Hall, UCC, at about 3.50am on receiving a call that residents of the hall had mounted a road block following rumour that the visiting students had planned to demolish a bust of Casley Hayford, situated in front of the hall.

She stated that the police cleared the road to enable the visiting students to leave the campus.

ASP Oppong said it took personnel of the UCC police station and a team from the Regional Police headquarters about seven hours to restore calm on campus amidst firing of warning shots and rubber bullets, as well as tear gas to disperse the irate students.

From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh,
Cape Coast


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