GHANA: University closed after riots

Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Knust) has been shut down and students ordered to leave the institution following violent protests on Monday.

The trouble started at Knust, which is in the country’s second largest city of Kumasi, last Friday night after 11 students were arrested by police after taking part in their usual end-of-week party, known as a jamboree, which the university authorities recently banned.

The students mounted roadblocks, vandalised property and boycotted lectures on Monday, accusing the university’s security and management of brutality.

A joint task force of police and military personnel has now taken over the university campus to maintain calm.

Students have been given up to 12.00 GMT on Tuesday to vacate the campus.

Only foreign students have been exempted from the decision – the authorities say they will be given security protection in their hostels.

Ashanti Regional Minister Simon Osei Mensah, who announced the decision, maintains the shutdown is necessary in view of the extent of the damages.

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