Fear Grips GHANASCO
2006-10-27 11:18:13This article has been read 1108 times.Students and teachers of Ghana Secondary School (GHANASCO) in Tamale were thrown into a state of fear and danger on Saturday May 20, 2006, when some angry armed youth besieged the school premises in the late hours of the day and physically attacked them.
The armed mob, numbering about fifteen, and all of them from Kukuo in the Tamale Metropolis, allegedly invaded the campus cutlasses, hoes, clubs, stones and a powdered substance locally known as “Apia”, and succeeded in injuring some of the students including the assistant school prefect (name withheld).
Investigations conducted by ‘The Chronicle’ revealed that the unwarranted and barbaric conduct of the aggrieved mob could be as a result of superstition.
The paper gathered that the mob consulted a Mallam who allegedly told them that the lack of rainfall in the Metropolis was a result of amorous relationship students kept with town folks.
According to them, the girls of GHANASCO were seriously engaging themselves in “prostitution” which had stirred the wrath of the gods in the area.
But some of the students, who spoke to the paper also contended that the mob stormed the school to join their weekend jams but pounced on them when they denied them participation. They said that most town folks sometimes come to their campus, usually seriously drunk and armed with small weapons and, noted that it usually deters some of the students from attending entertainment programmes.
The police, who came in later, after the headmaster of the school, Alhaji T.A. Mahama, lodged a formal complaint found it very though to effect further arrest after apprehending the ringleader, Mohammed Andani. According to sources, the inability of the police to effect the arrest of the rest was due to the interference of some community members during the arrest process.
The police (CID) subsequently sensed danger and therefore handed over the suspect, in cuffs, to the people, with the intention that they would definitely bring back the suspect once he was in handcuffs.
According to our sources, the Assemblyman and the chief in the area who frowned on the act of the youth prevailed on the mob and eventually took him back to the police for investigations.
The Headmaster of GHANASCO, Alhaji T. A. Mahama, who was informed of the incident the next morning by the school prefect described the act as unfortunate and thus denied the assertion by the mob that his student were actively involved in prostitution. According to him, no student was allowed by the authorities unless in the mornings and late afternoons when in search for drinking water.
Alhaji Mahama said the act of the mob was only a calculated attempt by some section of the community to put the image of GHANASCO into disrepute, since the school, he said remained one of the most disciplined in the region.
However, the paper’s sharp ears picked from some callers onto the Tamale based Fiila FM’s morning show dubbed “Day Break Tamale” hosted by Kamal Aryee Mudasiru (DJ Flexx) that students of GHANASCO, especially the girls, were often found in town at odd times. While they attributed that development to the unfenced school and weak supervision on the part of the school authorities, others also condemned the action by the mob.
Police say investigations are ongoing to identify the other accomplices.