Education Minister Calls For Calm As Students Clash With Police

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The Education Minister, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has called for calm after Tuesday’s violent clash between students of the Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI) and the police, which left many on both sides, hurt.

Matthew Opoku PrempehFive police officers were said to have been injured and over a dozen students hospitalized following the nasty confrontation.

The Minister, who rushed to the school to have a first-hand information about situation, advised the students to abandon any plans to cause further disturbances.

This came as they were said to be getting ready to hit the streets, something that could have triggered another running battles with the law enforcement officers.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh said a Committee would be set up to get to the bottom of the matter.

Jubilant students of the institute returning from the Baba Yara Sports Stadium where they had won the ultimate in an inter-schools and colleges competition, reportedly blocked the Amakom road, causing huge discomfort to drivers and passengers.

The police moved in to get the blockade removed, to allow free flow of vehicular traffic and that was when the trouble started.

The officers claimed they were attacked and stoned by the students and responded by tear-gassing them.

Those who fled were chased to their dormitories and about 48 of them arrested.

Some of the students told the Minister that the police did not only throw tear gas canisters but fired live bullets and physically assaulted them.

Dr. Opoku Prempeh said if indeed live bullets were fired as being alleged by the students that would be completely unacceptable.

He promised that everything would be done to establish the veracity or otherwise of the claim.

GNA/Newsghana.com.gh

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