The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare, on Monday paid a working visit to the Islamic Senior High School (SHS), at Abrepo in Kumasi, following some disturbances that led to the hospitalisation of more than 25 students.
A statement issued by the Police Public Affairs Directorate and signed by Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Kwesi Ofori, said the IGP’s visit was to assess at first hand, the cause of the confusion, and help restore calm.
“The Police have commenced an investigation into the incident and further developments will be communicated,” the statement noted.
The incident was triggered by the decision of some aggrieved students to block a section of the main Abrepo Junction-Barekese road, in protest of what they described as the frequent vehicular knockdowns in front of the school.
Information gathered by the Ghana News Agency (GNA) indicated that just when the students blocked the road, a team of Police personnel detailed from the Ashanti Regional Police Command stormed the area, and allegedly sprayed tear gas on the demonstrating students.
More than 25 students were reported to have collapsed during the mayhem; and were rushed to the hospital by the Ghana Ambulance Service for treatment.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Education Service (GES) has commenced an investigation into the incident.
Ms Mary Owusu Afriyie, the Regional Education Director, in an interview with the media, in Kumasi, called for calm, saying the students should exercise restraint as the authorities probed the issue.