U-G probes shootings on matriculation day

A Scene of the clash between students of Commonwealth and Mensah Sarbah Halls of the University of Ghana,The University of Ghana has begun investigations into the violent clashes between students of the Commonwealth and Mensah Sarbah halls.

According to Mrs. Stella Amoah, Head of Public Affairs, the Vice Chancellor had tasked the Dean of Students Affairs to set up a committee to look into the matter and come out with a report on details of the incident before a decision could be taken.

Echoing the Vice Chancellor’s address at the ceremony, Mrs. Amoah stated that anyone found culpable after the investigations would be sanctioned accordingly.

“Such clashes usually occur when residents of rival halls escort freshers from their respective halls to the matriculation venue”.

Mrs. Amoah revealed that management was therefore considering banning the ritual of accompanying freshers if such violent attacks persisted.

“Such clashes hurt the enviable image of the university, and so the university will take punitive measures against the perpetrators to guard its image”, she said.

The incident, which nearly marred the university’s matriculation ceremony, ensued after a member of the Commonwealth Hall allegedly manhandled a member of Mensah Sarbah Hall.

Members from both halls pelted objects at each other, resulting in the destruction of a parked Toyota Corolla vehicle.Two other vehicles including that of a senior member of staff, were also vandalised in the process.

It took the timely intervention of the police and some security officials on campus to bring the situation under control.

The incident was the second of such clashes to have happened between the residents of Commonwealth Hall and Mensah Sarbah Hall, who are viewed as arch-rivals.


By Times Reporter      

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