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27.04.2007 General News

Riot police raid Commonwealth Hall

By myjoyonline

Tension is mounting at the University of Ghana following a raid on the Commonwealth Hall by armed personnel from the Ghana Police Service.

Joy News can confirm that the police, wielding guns and batons ransacked the Commonwealth Hall at the University of Ghana and confiscated computers and personal belongings of students.

The personal computers are alleged to be containing data in connection with the recent threatening letter to university authorities.

On Thursday, a letter written by an unknown group calling itself Militant African Youth Against Neo-colonialism to the Vice Chancellor, Professor Clifford Nii Tagoe threatened to use acid attacks against him and his family, arson on the home, car and office, maiming and kidnapping.

A former JCR President of the Hall, Mr Benjamin Brentuo Akyena told Joy News that his personal computers and some documents were taken from his room without prior notice.

“I have just been told they have raided my room as a former JCR president. I don't know the reasons by which the police can come and raid any private individuals home without any information to the person or without a search warrant. This is very bad and it is criminal of the highest order,” he charged.

Master Akyena said since the police failed to notify him any evidence they will produce can be contested.

He said: “We are looking at evidence here and if you go into somebody's room without the person's information whatever evidence you present can be contested on the ground that you actually leaked it there without the person's information.”

Meanwhile the riot police have deployed in front of the Legon hall in anticipation of student attacks.