Conflict between Katanga and Conti: Police obtain a warrant to arrest demonstrators

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A bench warrant has been obtained by the Ghana Police Service to detain 62 people in connection with the rioting that occurred at the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST).

Property was destroyed during the riot.

The KNUST administration had stated that it will provide police with CCTV footage to help with their inquiries into the altercation involving students living in University Hall (Katanga) and University Hall (Conti).

Although several of the students disguised their faces, the university’s public relations officer, Dr. Daniel Norris Bekoe, said that the CCTV cameras were still able to record some of the pupils.

He added that the university administration will also begin its internal investigations and that no student who participated in the altercation will be spared.

On Thursday, August 19, 2022, as part of the celebration of their hall week, the University Hall (Katanga) was in a parade and, upon reaching Unity Hall (Conti), began tossing stones into the building.

When the Unity Hall coworkers (Conti) retaliated, the situation deteriorated, resulting in at least 11 students being hurt and 10 automobiles being vandalized.

The injured students received medical attention at the KNUST hospital before being released.

Elvis Nsiah, a level 200 student at the institution, has been detained by the police as part of the inquiry into the rioting for the offense of “threat of death.”

The suspect is accused of threatening to kill one student from the university’s Continental Hall and stab five other students in the building in order to appease the gods.

The accused was brought before the Asokore Mampong Magistrate Court and placed into police custody with a court date of August 30, 2022, set for a future appearance.


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