KNUST closed down following students riot

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong
KNUST closed down following students riot. PICTURES BY KWADWO BAFFOE DONKOR
KNUST closed down following students riot. PICTURES BY KWADWO BAFFOE DONKOR

The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has been closed down with immediate effect.

All students, with the exception of foreign students have up to midday Tuesday October 23, 2018 to prepare and leave the campus.

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In the meantime a 6pm to 6am curfew has been imposed on the campus.

The closure of the university is indefinite.

This decision was made by the university authorities in collaboration with the Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC).


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No student is expected to be seen loitering on campus between 6pm and 6am.

Related: KNUST Police pick up 11 Katanga Hall students

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Military and police personnel have been deployed to restore order on the campus of KNUST in Kumasi after some students destroyed at least 20 vehicles and other university property during a protest.

The 20 vehicles were mainly private vehicles belonging to the staff of the university and were destroyed at the main administration block.

Some motorbikes and bicycles were also set ablaze.

Some offices were also vandalised as glass windows and doors were smashed.

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Background

The SRC Executive Council in a statement titled: ACTION NOW, ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, implored students to abandon the lecture halls today (Monday, October 22, 2018) for the demonstration against police brutality of students.

"The KNUST SRC Executive Council in joint forces with SRC Parliamentary Council and all Student leaders brings to the notice of all KNUST students that we are embarking on a demonstration tomorrow 22nd October, 2018. NO LECTURES TOMORROW. We have had enough," the statement said.

The statement followed the arrest of the 11 students of the University Hall (Katanga Hall) who were arrested Friday night for “illegal assembly and violent behaviour”.

The students have accused the police of using excessive force to break up their gatherings.