KTI Clashes No need to retaliate against police - Minister begs students

Over 20 students of the Kumasi Technical Institute have been seriously injured after clashing with police personnel in the Ashanti region late Tuesday afternoon.

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Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh, Minister of Education, has advised students of the Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI) not to take the law into their own hands as they protest against brutalities they suffered at the hands of the police on Tuesday.

Over 20 students of the Kumasi Technical Institute have been seriously injured after clashing with police personnel in the Ashanti region late Tuesday afternoon.

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The violence erupted after some of the students had gone to participate in a zonal inter-school sports competition at the Baba Yara stadium.

The students, in the course of their jubilation, decided to block the road leading from Amakom roundabout to KTI.

Others were banging on cars of motorists and causing severe traffic. Police arrived at the scene and directed the students to use an alternative route for traffic flow.

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But some of them failed to heed the call and the situation subsequently turned chaotic.

The police officers were said to have assaulted some of the students in the process.

The students, also in retaliation began to throw stones at the police who responded by firing tear gas and gunshots to disperse the students.

Many were injured in the process and are receiving treatment at the Anwiam hospital atAfful Nkwanta.

Dr Opoku Prempeh, who visited the school on Wednesday February 15 to assess the situation said: “This matter will be investigated and if anybody is found at fault, the person will be punished.

“Exercise extreme patience; don’t take the law into your hands. Don’t try to cause problems for the principal and teacher. Be rest assured that we will get to the bottom of the problem.

“If you try to engage the police they will turn round and use it against you, so I will plead with you that exercise patience. We are going to the regional police to listen to their side.”

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