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The University’s authorities maintain that the students failed to abide by school laws and therefore left them with now choice than to invite the Police to deal with the situation.

The arrest of some students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has justified by management of the university.

According to the University’s authorities, the students failed to abide by school laws and therefore left them with now choice than to invite the Police to deal with the situation.

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On Friday, 11 KNUST students, including an alumnus of the university, were arrested and detained at the KNUST police station.
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The students were reported to have been beaten and brutalised by the University’s security personnel before being handed to the Police.

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It was later revealed that the students’ arrest was as a result of them holding a vigil without permission.
The treatment meted out to the students, as well as their subsequent arrest, has been condemned by a section of the public.

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Some parents have also criticised the authorities of the University and have demanded the release of their wards.
But explaining from the point of management, the University’s Public Relations Officer, Kwame Yeboah, said they had to invite the Police because the students decided to go against campus rules.

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“The university thinks certain activities in the night should not be entertained. Some other activities are permitted because the students applied for permission. But there was no permission for last Friday’s activity. The students decided to go their own way. They decided not to obey any rules or regulations on campus; and the law doesn’t permit that. So when it happened, the police were brought in,” he told Accra-based Citi FM.

Read Also: students’ arrest: Angry parents storm KNUST police station to demand the release of their wards

Meanwhile, the KNUST SRC has called on the entire student body to boycott classes on Monday (October 22), in protest of the treatment meted out to their colleagues.
In a statement titled “Action now, enough is enough”, the SRC said “we are embarking on a demonstration tomorrow 22 October, 2018. No lectures tomorrow (Monday).”
Source: Pulse

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