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25.03.2009 Education

Students Arrested• Over Rioting

By Daily Guide
Students Arrested• Over Rioting

Handcuff THREE STUDENTS of the Wulugu Senior High School in the West Mamprusi District of the northern region have been arrested for wielding weapons and masterminding rioting in the school; destroying a number school property.  

The Senior Prefect (SP), Abdulai Yusif, was arrested together with his assistant, Sulemnan Rahim, who at the time of the arrest, was reported to be in possession of a fully-loaded locally manufactured pistol meant to cause havoc in the fracas along with one Amadu Latif Adam.  

The Parent Teachers Association (PTA) Chairman and the School's Board Chairman have also been detained in their attempt to secure bail for the two arrested.  

DAILY GUIDE sources disclosed that the students went on rampage in protest against the transfer of the acting assistant headmaster.

Information gathered by DAILY GUIDE indicates that he has been arrested for fact allegedly leaking out examination questions to a section of students; demeaning the integrity of examinations in the school.

The students were therefore incited against management and went on rampage which is believed to be have been fueled by the Assistant headmaster; destroying school property on sight.  

But for the timely intervention of armed police personal who engaged in a professional duel with the students, the situation on the campus would have turned bloody as irate students tried to raze down the headmaster's bungalow.  

Though the situation has been brought under control, the district directorate has closed down the school until further notice.

The Headmaster of the school Mr. Imoro Sulemana, DAILY GUIDE was reliably informed, had travelled to Accra on official duties at the time of the incident.

All efforts to contact him on phone for his comments proved futile.  

The Walewale District Police Commander, ASP Ernest Fosu, confirmed the incident to DAILY GUIDE and said reinforcement had been deployed to the school to bring the situation under control. He disclosed that the two arrested would assist the police in investigations.  

Meanwhile, causality, involving a fire officer who is currently under treatment at the Walewale Hospital has been recorded.  

Parts of the vehicle used, recorded by the fire officers in controlling the torched properties, was vandalized as the students threw stones at it.

 At the time of going to the press, the assistant headmaster at the centre of the controversy was also arrested to assist in the investigations while the police were still on the alert to apprehend other suspects in connection with the riot.

The school which started a little over a decade ago has a student population of over 800 but authorities have always complained about the conduct of the students which is not auguring well for its growth, in view of its deprived nature.  

In the wake of attempts by the headmaster and support staffs to source facilities to uplift the image of the school, students have rather resorted to vandalizing.

From Stephen Zoure, Wulugu-NR