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01.05.2007 General News

Police close in on Legon 'terror' gang

By myjoyonline

The Police are gradually closing in on the group of faceless students of the University of Ghana, Legon behind the threat to some lecturers of the university.

This was as a result of the police picking a vital document yesterday from a computer belonging to Lord Hammah, one of those arrested in connection with the current unrest at the university. Hammah, a former resident of Commonwealth Hall, withdrew from the University following controversies surrounding his candidacy for President of the Students Representative Council last year.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Charles Tokor, in charge of Operations of the Police Criminal Investigations Department told the Ghanaian Times that the Police are working feverishly to get to the bottom of the case.

The police in their effort to track down those behind the threats against the Vice- Chancellor and some lecturers of the university last Friday, seized a personal computer from the Commonwealth Hall.

The PC was suspected to be the one used to prepare the statement containing the threats.

The retrieved document, titled 'Resist Oppression: fight for your rights, described the 'in-out-out-out' policy of the university as a "sick and mad joke."

It said despite students demonstrations against the policy, the university authorities were determined to implement it.

"But this and the police brutality have not broken the resolve of students. Contrarily, it has made students more decisive. Victory against this policy is certain, but yet things cannot be taken for granted in any way," the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Police Criminal Investigations Department (CID) says its intelligence and action have led to the discovery of the names of persons associated with the various groupings responsible for the mayhem at the university.

Consequently, certain police actions including arrests, searches and seizures have started and would be sustained at the campus to bring the perpetrators to book, a statement signed by David Asante-Apeatu, Director-General of CID, has said.

"The evidence gathered so far portends danger for the security of the university and calls for vigilance by all stakeholders to nip in the bud, the plans and machinations of these groups," it said.

The groups, which the statement said appeared to be championing the cause of students, are veiled in threats and appealed to those with information on them to volunteer them in the interest of preserving the peace on campus.

The statement mentioned a catalogue of events and releases by the groups including the Crisis Committee, the Progressive Movement for Change (PMC) and the Militant African Youth against Neocolonialism (MAYAN), and recalled that the Crisis Committee and the MAYAN had released separate statements condemning the in-out-out-out policy of the university and advocated protests and demonstrations to resolve their grievances.

"The PMC also known as the 'No Yawa' Society, has also infiltrated the student front through the Mass Resistance Committees, which a few years back, was responsible for issuing threats to certain personalities in the university."

The statement assured the public of the CID's determination to stamp out all acts of lawlessness at the university and to arrest and prosecute all those who have joined their illegal activities.

Credit: Ghanaian Times