Over 30 students of Islamic Senior High School in Kumasi, who on Monday, 13th June 2020, took to the forecourt of their school to protest against rampant pedestrian knockdowns involving students and teachers of the school have been reportedly hospitalized after police fired tear gas.
The angry students massed up on the road in protest of the construction of speed rumps on that section of the road.
According to eyewitnesses’ accounts, the victims, a part of a group of students blocked the Abrepo Junction-Barekese road which prevented vehicles to and fro their destination, and, caused huge traffic.
Police Officers were deployed to restore calm but unfortunately, they were clashed by the students, having no option but to fire tear gas and pepper spray.
The excessive firing resulted in students’ unconsciousness and collapse, leaving over 20 injured.
The incident has left parents and guardians worried and fearing for the lives of their children.
Many are currently gathered in front of the entrance of the school demanding to see their children.
After the tear gas incident, the Police released a press statement revealing that calm has been restored with first-hand investigations also underway.“
The Police managed to disperse the rioting students and calm has since been restored.
The release signed by DCOP Kwesi Ofori added that, “some students and some police officers have been taken to the hospital for medical attention.”
“The Inspector-General of Police is proceeding to Kumasi for a first-hand assessment of the situation.
“The Police have commenced an investigation into the incident and further developments will be communicated.”