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24.11.2011 Education

Youth Attack Antoa SHS

By Kwame Asare Boadu - Daily Graphic
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A group of vicious thugs from the Sabon Zongo in Kumasi last Sunday night attacked students of the Antoa Senior High School in their hostel in retaliation of an alleged assault on one of the students who hail from the Zongo.

The attack, which spread panic in the school, resulted in injury to one student and some residents who went to the aid of the students while the hostel was dented.

School authorities were shocked to learn that the attackers entered the hostel dressed in tracksuits of Antoa SHS.

As a result of the attack, police were providing a 24-hour security for students as a safety measure.

“We are doing our best to avert repeat of such acts of vandalism by stepping up patrols especially in the night in the community so that the school operates in a safe and stable environment, “ the Kwabre District Police Commander, DSP Joseph Nyaaba, told the Daily Graphic today.

The attackers were alleged to have lodged weapons used in the attack including knifes and axes in the room of one of the students before attacking in the night.

Five suspects including two students of the school picked up for questioning were arraigned before court today and were remanded in police custody to reappear on November 30.

The attack was linked to a betting between two of the students during last Sunday’s English Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool.

DSP Nyaaba said two of the students, one coming from Sabon Zongo and the other a local boy, went into betting over the match. After the match, the student from Sabon Zongo lost the betting as Chelsea were beaten. However a misunderstanding arose leading to the local boy slapping the other.

DSP Nyaaba said the student from the Sabon Zongo proceeded to his area of birth to organise some of the young men to retaliate the attack on him.

The attack, however, turned out to be on a wider scale as the attackers entered the town with offensive weapons to vent their spleen on the students.

When contacted, the Headmaster of the school, Mr Fredrick Addai, told the Daily Graphic that his outfit was also instituting investigations into the issue and offending students would be punished.

He confirmed that some of the students left their hostel to watch the Chelsea-Liverpool match on television in town.

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