Police investigate ‘KNUST student suicide’

The police in Ashanti Region have launched investigations into the death of a 25-year-old student of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) who died in his room at Adoato, near Bantama.

Frederick Asamoah was found with a noose around his neck, hanging on a ceiling fan in the early hours of Wednesday, August 18.

Confirming the news to The Ghana Report, an uncle of the deceased, Kofi Abrefa Busia, explained that Frederick returned home on Friday after the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG) strike.

According to him, the family had supper together on Tuesday evening, after which Frederick went to bed at about 10 pm.

On Wednesday, the mother decided to give him some money before leaving for work.

There was no response after several knocks on the door, and the family called a carpenter to break the lock.

They were faced with shock only to find the lifeless body of Frederick, who was bare-chested and wore a pair of black shorts.

The uncle said they reported to the Suntreso Police Station. Officers were dispatched to convey the remains to the Komfo Anokye Hospital morgue.

According to him, Frederick did not show any signs of distress when he returned from campus, so the family did not suspect that he had any problems.

“We don’t know what happened the night before. He didn’t appear to have any challenges to the best of my knowledge,” he explained.

“The family is not facing any problems. He has a room to himself. The house is peaceful with no tenants.”

Unconfirmed reports suggested that Frederick lost a bet after committing GHC 60,000 with the hope of winning to pay a debt of GHC200,000.

However, the uncle refuted the claims indicating that Frederick “ does not engage in betting”.

The university authorities explained that they were making efforts to verify the status of the deceased.

At least four KNUST students have perished this year.

Three  KNUST students died in March

On March 27, two students died in a road accident after their private car rammed into a tree in an attempt to negotiate a curve on campus.

In another incident on the same day, a level 100 student fell unconscious while climbing the staircase of the Unity Hall.

He slipped when he got to the first floor and hit his head against the wall after toppling over.

He was rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital but passed on while doctors tried to save his life.

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