NUGS Condemns Police Assault on Students
The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has expressed dismay in a recent attack by some policemen on Katanga Hall students during the Old School re-union held at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi.
In a statement signed by the President, Elisha Oheneba Essumang, the Union noted that the students were beaten and molested by the Police during a misunderstanding between the Unity and Katanga Halls of KNUST, believed to be rivals on campus.
They referred to the treatment by the police as inhuman and expressed disappointment with the unprofessional manner in which the Asokwa Police handled the issue.
“NUGS is displeased with the unprofessional manner in which the Asokwa Police handled the issue; such unwarranted attack by the Police must not be entertained especially in this 21st century, the use of brutal force by the Police at Asokwa Division was highly unprofessional and needless”, the statement read.
Weeks after the incidence, the union has observed that no action has been taken on the guilty parties who, were captured by the cameras.
They therefore challenged the Asokwa Division to adhere to their constitutional mandate to protect life and property
“They have no legal entitlement to use excessive force or cause bodily injuries to unarmed students”, the statement stressed.
They have therefore called on the Ashanti Regional Police Commander for an urgent action to be taken now.
Since the attack occurred, there has been an outpouring of public anger and uproar from social media users who have condemned the action of the police especially when gruesome images and disturbing videos of the alleged attack found their way into social media.
“We are much emphatic about the psychological and emotional effects that will embrace these Students especially when they are in revision week preparing for their examination”, the statement read.
They further called on the Inspector General of Police; IGP Mr. David Asante Apeatu to immediately launch an investigation into the matter to bring the perpetrators to book.
By: Emmanuel Yeboah Britwum/ thePublisher