The Dean of Student Affairs of the University of Cape Coast (UCC), Professor Eugene Dartey has assured all students currently on campus not to fret over issues of armed robbery and security issues in general.
This assurances from the Dean of UCC comes after some alleged rumours of armed robbery purported to have taken place on campus, hence causing pandemonium.
On Tuesday, 13th October 2020, the whole of social media and some sections of legacy media was washed with alleged news of armed robbery that was reported to have taken place around the early hours of Tuesday between 1 am to 2 am.
This unfortunate situation caused a lot of fear and panic on campus leading to a stampede that culminated in some minor injuries sustained by some students who were allegedly running for their safety.
However, in an interview with the campus-based radio station, ATL FM, Prof Dartey told host of the Atlantic Wave Morning show, Mary Ama Bawa that students need not fret over security issues regardless of the pocket of some few criminal activities that have been rumoured to have been perpetrated by some miscreants in some of the adjoining communities of the school.
He revealed that after discussions were held with officials, further checks had been done and a conclusion to the matter had been declared that the situation was a hoax and nothing of that sort happened.
“After yesterday’s (Tuesday) discussion, we did some further checks and we confirmed again that nothing of that sort really happened. We assure our students of their safety and we continue to assurte them that as a university, we care for our students and we have that fillial role that we play and we will continue to play this role, to the best of our abilities” he mentioned.
Furthermore, the Head of Security at the University of Cape Coast, DCOP Rtd Patrick Adusei Sarpong, said that he was surprised to have learnt that armed robbers had summoned courage to launch an attack on the univeristy’s premises.
According to him, armed robbers would only rob in secluded and quiet places and not in a big environment like the university’s.
“We were all surprised to hear it, because I know the way armed robbers operate. Somebody was saying that they can attack buses. That is true, but they don’t attack buses in towns. They attack buses on the road, when the place is very quiet and there seems to be no help. So I was wondering how armed robbers would attack students in lecture theaters” he quizzed.
The situation has opened a way for students to vent their spleen and also recount some alleged cases of theft and insecurity, thus calling on the management of the authorities to expedite security and heighten measures so students would feel protected.
SOURCE: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI