Two persons have been arrested over the violent clash between some students of University and Unity halls on the KNUST campus.
The Police say they are on a search for more perpetrators following identification through videos and CCTV footage.
Meanwhile, two students who sustained injuries in the clash are in critical conditions.
Last Thursday’s rioting on KNUST campus is believed to have been instigated after students of Unity Hall attempted to restrain colleagues from the University Hall from using their frontage in a procession.
Speaking on ‘Luv in the Morning’ show on Wednesday, Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University, Prof. Ellis Owusu Dabo, said perpetrators will be surcharged in the repair of damaged vehicles, while complicit alumni will have their certificates revoked.
“The Vice Chancellor has already met all those whose vehicles were involved in the Council chamber. She has shared her desire to get the matter resolved. We will make sure that we fix every vehicle and we will pay from the students who have done this and the halls that are involved.
“The Vice Chancellor has given a timeline of one week to make sure that vehicle is fixed. They are two of those that may need bodyworks because they received machete damage, those may take a while. At the moment, there is consideration for revoking some certificates given the remit of the law.
“We have to examine and see whether some of the alumni could potentially have their certificates revoked. This will be brought before council,” he said.
Meanwhile, two out of the eleven students who sustained various degrees of injury are in critical conditions. One is battling to save his fingers.
“Of the two in critical conditions one may lose fingers from severe nerve laceration. The situation is so severe that the person may lose the utility of some fingers,” said Prof Owusu Dabo.
Criminologist and Lecturer with the Department of Sociology and Social Work at KNUST, Dr. Jones Opoku-Ware, says repetitive happenings of riot on campus have a sociological pattern.
He anticipates recurrence of yet another clash if perpetrators are not brought to book.
“Once we decide to be lenient with the students and just apply the administrative status and rules, it is going to happen again. If we should look at what happened in 2018, these students were in the first year and in four years’ time something similar has happened. It tells you that there is a pattern.
“Once we are in pattern, sociology will describe it as a social fact. It is going to happen again so we need to be very careful. We have to subject these students, who misbehave to the criminal process.
“Let’s take them out of that administrative cloak, subject them to the criminal laws and make sure the les of this country deal with them,” he said.
source: My Joy Online