KNUST disowns ‘killer’
The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) has stated that no student of the institution has been involved in murder over a GHC 1,200 debt.
The Pankrono Divisional Police Command in the Ashanti Region is scheduled to arraign a 23-year-old who claims to be a final year Geological Engineering student.
Emmanuel Awuah is reported to have killed his victim, a close friend of his, over the deceased’s inability to repay a GHC1,200 debt owed him.
However, a statement by the university said the suspect “abandoned his course for two academic years and can, therefore, NOT be referred to as a KNUST final year student.”
The release signed by the University Relations Officer (URO), Dr Daniel Norris Bekoe explained that their records show that the suspect did not register for the first and second semesters of the 2018/2019 academic year.
Additionally, he did not register for the first and second semesters of the 2019/2020 academic year.
According to the University, the suspect did not defer his programme; neither did he indicate any reason for “abandoning his programme of study at the University”.
Per the University’s regulations, a student who abandons his or her course for one full academic year without any cause ceases to be a student of the University.
KNUST said its management is “saddened” and condemned the murder.
The institutions further entreated law enforcement agencies to pursue the case and arrest the accomplice of the suspect and prosecute them.
The details as provided by the Tafo Pankrono Divisional Police Commander, ACP Akwasi Annor Arhin, suggested that the suspect killed the deceased, Kwame Danso,24, with the aid of an accomplice who was on the run.
He took the action to sell a taxi belonging to the victim to repay the debt.
Emmanuel has been charged with murder and is expected to appear before the Mampongteng court on Thursday, July 16.