Three more Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) students have been remanded in police custody in connection with recent campus violence.
Emmanuel Appiah Amoah aka Soldier Ba, Eugene Nuamesi, and Kwabena Kwarteng Amaniampong aka Zongo Chief are the three.
This brings the total number of students arrested from 62 to five.
According to Emmanuel Bright Quaicoe of Luv FM, who was in court on Friday, September 23, the students were charged with rioting and causing unlawful damage.
Lawyers for the accused asked the court to grant bail to the three, but the court refused.
The court presided over by Hilda Esther Wryter ordered the prosecution to make adequate provisions for the students to sit for their ongoing exams while they stay in custody.
However, defense attorneys are dissatisfied with the court’s decision, raising concerns that the suspects may not be allowed to take exams.
Earlier, the Asokore Mampong District Court issued arrest warrants for 62 people suspected of being involved in the recent KNUST campus violence.
This came after the court remanded two suspects in custody for the second time to allow the prosecution to arrest additional suspects and gather sufficient evidence.
Daniel Osei Bonsu and Francis Atuahene were charged with four counts of criminal conspiracy, rioting with offensive weapons, causing unlawful damage, and causing unlawful harm.
ACP Kofi Blagodzie, Head of Legal and Prosecution at Ashanti Regional Police Command, presented the names of eleven more suspects as well as evidence of the riots’ devastation.
“We substituted the charge sheet and presented the court with a new charge sheet, so we’re back on track,” he explained.
The prosecution also argued that the suspects should be held in custody while investigators pursue other suspects.
Defense attorneys argued that the two should be released on bail.
They argued that suspects Daniel Osei Bonsu and Francis Tutu Atuahene must report for the examination and work.
However, the court denied their bail and ordered them to return to court on September 19, 2022, so that the trial could continue.
The two suspects were among a group of students who clashed on the university campus during the University Hall’s hall week celebration.
The clash resulted in the destruction of many properties, including vehicles at KNUST’s Unity Hall of Residence, as well as injuries to some of the students.
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