Police Torture Wa Students

TWO FINAL-year students of the Wa Senior High Technical School (WASECTECH) were last Thursday picked up from their examination hall by police.

The police allegedly tortured them with electricity to extract confession for their alleged involvement in the school’s riot a month ago.

The two male students were part of others writing the Integrated Science Practical paper in the ongoing West African Certificate Examination (WASSCE).

Concerned parents of the school, on hearing what had befallen the students, stormed the police station and secured police inquiry bail for the two who are expected to report at a later date to be charged.

Some parents have accused the Assistant Headmistress of the School, Mary Assumpta Dakurah, of masterminding the ill treatment meted out to both tutors and students of the school.

A concerned parent, who spoke to DAILY GUIDE on grounds of anonymity, bemoaned the manner in which the police brutalized the students in their bid to make them confess their involvement in the skirmishes that ensued in the school.

The worried parent described the actions as unprofessional and a slap in the face of the rule of law, calling on the Ghana Education Service (GES) to extensively look into the matter.

The police, when contacted, admitted arresting the two students on the instructions of the assistant headmistress but denied torturing them as claimed by the victims, indicating that the students were only interrogated.

The victims however insist they were subjected to inhumane treatment, including the use of electricity by the police, to compel them to confess.

It has however been confirmed that the two are on bail to enable them to write their final examination. They will report later, where they would be officially charged and taken to court for their alleged roles in the campus riot.

It would be recalled that students of WASECTECH went on rampage in protest against Mary Assumpta Dakurah’s alleged autocratic leadership as acting headmistress.

The impasse led to the destruction of school property and the burning down of a vehicle belonging to the embattled acting headmistress, resulting in the temporary closure of the school.

Two male teachers initially arrested by the police were granted bail.
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