Residents of the Universal Hall of the Koforidua Technical University have reportedly been brutalized by personnel from the Ghana Police Service for allegedly throwing stones at a police car.
According to reports, the said incident occurred between the hours of 4am and 5am on Friday December 14, 2018 at the school’s premises.
Narrating what happened to UniversNews, Vice President of the Universal Hall, David Afetfi, revealed that the men in police uniforms arrived at the Hall at about 4am and started brutalizing the members of the hall with electric shockers among other police arms.
David Afetfi explained that the police did not give them any other reason for their actions except accusing them of pelting stones at a police car.
“On Friday they came here, I don’t know if it was the SWAT team or police men, they came around 4:30am. Came to arrest us of which they have no grounds to arrest us. We asked them what we did, they were saying a lot of things. They were saying we threw stones against their cars and that we’ve spoilt the glasses of their car” he said.
Afetfi further stated that before the students were taken to the police station for their statements, all members of the hall, including those asleep at the time of the arrival of the police, were physically assaulted.
“…even before we were going to the station, they were beating us with sticks, shockers, and they handcuffed us; the whole hall. Every member when you’re asleep, they wake you up with a shocker. Then they paraded us in front of the hall and they marched us from the hall to the police station, and when we got there they were molesting us”
He further told UniversNews that when they arrived at the police station, a different account of what necessitated their maltreatment from the police men was narrated to them.
He also disclosed that majority of the students were currently undergoing treatment at various hospitals following the alleged brutality.
“…we got there and we asked them again what our wrong was, but when they came here first they did not even allow us to speak, when they were arresting us they said we threw stones against their cars but when we got there and asked them, they were saying a whole lot of different things. Saying that they came to arrest a culprit here and we tried fighting them back, that we were resisting arrest; but that is not true. Many are injured, some are at the hospital.“
David Afetfi was quick to add that school authorities only got to know of their ordeal after they had been taken to the police station.
“..not knowing they’ve not informed anybody of the arrest, so when we got there then the commander in charge called our Dean of students and the Vice-Chancellor telling him that they’ve come to arrest some students at this hostel. When the Dean of Students came and heard the issue that they came to arrest us with no grounds, he got angry and blasted them… at the police station, they made us go through press ups, squatting and things; so our Dean of Students spoke and that was when we were released…” he stressed.
He further appealed to the media to come to their aid and help channel their grievances to the right authorities.
According to him, all members of the hall deserve to be compensated for going through all such an unwarranted treatment from the police.
“…individually some of our parents are saying they’re going to take the case to court…. We’re begging the media if they are going to push this so that it can get to the government [and] the President so that he’ll do something about it…. We’recalling for the transfer of the Commander in-chief of the Police and also for the Police to compensate us because they arrested us on no ground.” he emphasized.
Below are some pictures received from the Koforidua Polytechnic on the alleged brutality from the police. Viewer discretion is advised.
Story By: David Quaye/universnewsroom.com