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Minister visits KTI after clash

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The Minister for Education, Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, has visited the campus of the Kumasi Technical Institute (KTI), to learn at first hand, circumstances that led to the invasion of the school by armed police personnel.

Reports indicated that students of the Institute, were said to have blocked a main road leading to their school as they jubilated for placing third in the inter-school sports competition.

Addressing the students and staff of the school after been briefed on the incident, he condemned the excessive use of force and arms by the police in managing the situation, and urged the Regional Police Command to conduct investigations into the matter.

“The ministry is highly worried about the excessive use of force by the police in dealing with the situation, I condemn it and would petition the Police Command for thorough investigation,” he said.

The police, he noted, are supposed to protect the civilian population, including students and wondered why the excess by the security personnel.

The minister pleaded with the students to exercise maximum restrain whilst he takes up the matter. He as well asked them not to take the law into their hands and neither should they go on any demonstration to register their displeasure at the police brutalities against them.

The Principal of the Institute, Dr. Joseph Abeiku Aprey, condemned the action of the police and pledged to assist in the investigation for the culprits to be brought to book.

He, however, urged the Ghana Education Service and the Regional Police Command to investigate the matter and bring to book the officers who were involved in the brutallities.

Dr. Prempeh, called on the Deputy Regional Police Commander to urgently investigate the matter for peaceful solution.


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