IGP heads to Kumasi over Islamic SHS shootings

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare, will today be in Kumasi to have a first hand information on the disturbances that happened in the Islamic SHS earlier today.

There was a Police shooting on the Abrepo Junction campus of the school Monday when students were rioting. They took to the streets and blocked the road to allegedly protest against frequent accidents in front of their school.

The angry student group reportedly blocked the road as they called for construction of speed rumps on that section of the Abrepo Junction – Bohyen stretch.

Police met them and allegedly fired live bullets into the crowd and at some point fired tear gas which landed at least 25 students in the hospital.

Reports say pedestrian knockdowns involving students and teachers of the school have gone up around the school recently.

In a Police in a statement on Monday, June 13, DCOP Kwesi Ofori, Director-General of Public Affairs stated that some of their police men have been taken to the hospital for medical treatment.

“The Inspector General of Police is proceeding to Kumasi for a first hand assessment of the situation. The Police have commenced investigation into the incident,” the statement said.

Some parents andn guardians have since thronged the school to check on their children.

GES Reacts

The Ghana Education Service (GES) has moved to the school to calm the situation although amidst heavy security presence.

The Spokesperson of the Education Ministry, Eric Opoku Mensah who spoke to the press indicated that the Regional Director of Education is following up with the matter to ensure all students admitted at the hospital are well catered for and safe.

“We’ve spoken to parents to remain calm; we have given them the assurance that any student found in this School is well. We are protecting them; we are ensuring that those that were taken to the hospital are safe – some have been brought back.

“We will engage the Urban Roads Directorate to ensure that some markings would be done on the road immediately. Even if that is done, that wouldn’t be an antidote to an accident occurring but again, we need to educate and advise our drivers who ply this road to be cautious when getting to a school junction,” he said.



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