General News Fri, 15 Mar 2019

UEW: Two students arrested for failing to vacate premises

Two students of the University of Education Winneba have been arrested for defying a directive to vacate campus.

The school was shut down on Thursday after students riot turned chaotic. Students were given up to 6:00 pm to vacate the school.

According to DSP Irene Oppong, the Central Regional Police PRO the two male students were arrested in the halls after Police went for routine checks on campus.

She explained that the two were arrested because there were some activities going on after the six pm deadline which could be linked to these two individuals.

They have been handed over to the Winneba Police Command whilst investigations continue.

The University of Education, Winneba was shut down indefinitely following a third day of student protests against the school’s Vice-Chancellor.

Head of the Central Regional Security Council who is also the Central Regional Minister, Kwamina Duncan announced the closure of the school after visiting the campus on Thursday morning.

Kwamina Duncan told the media “on the advice of the Regional Security Council, we cannot allow the university to be in session.”

In the course of the three days of protests, buildings and vehicles have had their windows shattered.

Students also blocked roads and burned tyres amid the protests.

The students say there is a leadership crisis at the school and have been demonstrating demanding the reinstatement of some sacked lecturers.

Police were forced to use tear gas to disperse protesting students.

The students in retaliation pelted stones at the police leaving at least one officer injured.

A police reinforcement team was sent from Accra this morning to restore calm on campus.

Source: citinewsroom.com
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