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General News of Sunday, 8 September 2019


Two arrested Katanga students granted GH¢50,000 bail

The two former students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST) who were arrested by the police in Kumasi for partaking in what has been described as “unlawful gathering” at a pub called Gomax at Maxima by some former residents of the University Hall (Katanga) have been granted bail.

The two, Kofi Adomako and Emmanuel Sarfo who had been in police custody since their arrest were granted GH¢50,000 bail with one surety each by the police Saturday evening.

They have been charged with “unlawful assembly” and are to report to the police to be taken to court on Monday.

According to the police, the students and alumni had met to make plans to protest the conversion of the hall into mixed hall.

Police say some placards with inscriptions such as “Katanga, wokum apem a apem b3ba”, “We want our hall back or ‘Kum y3n pr3ko”, “Napo is Obiri Danso’s Puppet” were retrieved from the arrested Kantangees.

The Regional Security Council (REGSECT) last week declared KNUST a security zone following agitation by some alumni and students of Katanga and Unity halls over the conversion of the halls into mixed halls.

Government has however urged authorities of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) to reconsider their decision of turning all-male Katanga Hall into a mixed one.

Education Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh in a letter to the Chairman of the University Council on Thursday explained that the move is “to preserve a peaceful and conducive environment for academic work and cordial relationship in the University.”