126 Security Men Deployed On UCC Campus To Prevent Student Clashes

A total of about 126 police personnel have been deployed on the campus of the University of Cape Coast, ahead of hall week celebrations following a recent violent clash between some students.

The police have been stationed at vantage points on campus and according to some students, the heavy police presence was making them a bit worried and expressed the hope that the hall week celebrations would pass without negative incidents.

The Central Regional Police Command has explained that they have called for more support from the Formed Police Unit, a special operations unit in Accra.

The move, according to the Central Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police David Ampah Bennin was to help prevent violence as was witnessed a few days ago.

Students of the Casely Hayford Hall (CASEFORD) started their week celebrations on Monday and the police administration says it is ready to ensure that there was law and order on campus.

DCOP Ampah Bennin at a press briefing warned that the police will deal drastically with student groups that commit offences.

Making reference to the recent students’ riots at the UCC, he said over 100 police personnel were constantly on campus to ensure sanity was maintained.

A total of 10 students sustained injuries in last week’s clashes at the UCC.

One of the students who sustained a spinal cord injury has been referred to the 37 Military hospital in Accra.

A doctor at the Central Regional Teaching hospital, Dr David Walawah said the student was stabbed twice in the spine.

A total of 22 students were invited for questioning and granted bail.

DCOP Ampah-Bennin stressed that the university would not be allowed to stand surety for any of the 22 students invited for questioning in relation to the recent disturbances.