Examination week has begun and students are scared to go to the school library or lecture halls to study for the fear of armed robbery attacks. Previously, these criminals used to attack students on their way to their hostels, but things have now changed. We now experience armed robbery right in the lecture halls while students are studying for their exams.
This incident happened about three days ago on the campus of UCC. Some students were studying in one of the lecture halls and they had their laptops with them, they were about 15 in number. Suddenly, there appeared men with guns and machetes asking the students to hand over their laptops to them. One of the students who struggled with them to get his laptop almost got his hand cut off.
The question I pose is where were the security men on campus? If these criminals can disguise themselves and enter lecture halls, then the university is not safe. Anyway, these security men do not even have weapons so obviously even if they saw these criminals they would have run for their own lives. This is not the first time this is happening on this campus, but there has been too many occurrences this semester, right from the beginning till now.
Everybody lives in fear and trauma; our females are the greatest victims. Students cannot now walk alone on campus around the hours of 10:00pm. These criminals go to the hostels and breakthrough doors with machetes on students asking them for their laptops and money, if you are found without any of these things, these criminals will use blade to cut your palm.
I have decided to blog about this issue because I have not so far seen or heard the university council trying to take any measures to curb the situation. We need the help of the Ghana Police Service and other security services to come to our aid. Some of the roads that the criminals frequently attack students are the Amamoma, School bus road, Ayensu road and Kwapro. During this semester there has been more than 20 laptops stolen at Amamoma area. Some ladies were attacked in their rooms and due to that they had leave their hostel to another hostel within the same semester.
I will entreat the university council to extend security services to the hostels, since the school can’t provide enough accommodation for students. Let all help to put this social problem to rest.