Bolgatanga Senior High School Closed Down After Riot.
The Bolgatanga Senior High School (BIGBOSS) in the Upper East Region has been closed down by the school authorities following riots by students on Monday.
The students were protesting the death of their fellow student, identified as Emmanuel Bawa who reportedly fell and died after a hot chase by a housemaster.
The rioting students have accused the senior house master, Thomas Apana of causing their colleague’s death.
After a series of meetings held by the authorities considering the security situation on campus, the school was closed down indefinitely to help calm down the situation. Police are currently investigating the matter.
Police arrest students
Following the protests, five students were arrested and another five hospitalized after police fired tear gas to disperse the students.
Some policemen who were injured in the process were also rushed to the Bolgatanga regional hospital for medical treatment.
A vehicle and a shop belonging to the accused senior housemaster have been vandalized by the angry students.
Housemaster denies involvement
The senior house master, Thomas Apana, has flatly denied accusations by the students that he played a role in Bawa’s death.
According to the students, their colleague fell and hit his head on the ground after he was chased by the senior housemaster. They have also accused him of preventing them to help him after the incident.
Bawa suffered from severe head injuries and died shortly after arriving at the hospital.
However, in an interview with Accra-based radio station, Joy FM, Thomas Apana denied the accusations leveled against him by the students.
“The truth will surely come out, I leave the challenge to God because I know my hands are clean…when it even happened I wasn’t there…God is my witness,” he said.
Bawa’s mother, Effia Doris has blamed the accused housemaster of “killing his son” and wants him to be punished in accordance with the law.
According to police reports, the deceased student, Emmanuel Bawa and his colleagues were in the dormitory though they were supposed to have gone for morning assembly.
Upon seeing the senior housemaster approaching, they started running away but Bawa tripped and fell in the process.
Unconfirmed reports had it that Bawa was suffering from epilepsy and had been complaining of sickness some days before the incident.
Police are waiting for the autopsy report to confirm the actual cause of the student’s death.