Police Screen 29 Students For “Fingering” Legon Suspect

Twenty- nine students of the University of Ghana , Legon , have been handed over to the police to assist in investigations into the molestation of Amina Haruna , 25 , who a section of the students accuse of stealing a laptop and mobile phones from the Mensah Sarbah Hall of the university.

The students, who are all residents of the Annex B ( Okponglo) of the Mensah Sarbah Hall of the university , were identified by the university authorities from a video tape. The police are withholding the names of the students.

The students were first handed over to the Legon Police , who in turn conveyed them to the headquarters of the Criminal Investigations Department ( CID ) of the Police Service for an identification parade which was underway at the time of filing this report.

The victim will have to identify his alleged attackers to enable the Police to proceed with their investigations into the incident.

The handing over of the students was in fulfillment of an agreement reached between the police and the university authorities.

Soon after the alleged molestation, the university authorities set up a fact finding committee to investigate the incident.

It recently presented its findings to the Dean of Students and the Vice Chancellor of the university.

The committee , according to a statement issued by the Registrar of the University , Mr . J. S . Budu , identified a number of students who were present during the molestation , as seen on the video clips produced , as well as credible eyewitness accounts.

It said based on the recommendations of the committee , students identified were given hearings by the disciplinary committee , as per a writ of summons .

A number of students were alleged to have caught the suspect with mobile phones and a laptop at the hall of the University about 1:00 a.m . on that fateful day , Thursday, March 30, 2011 , stripped her naked and inserted their fingers and objects into her vagina .

She was, however, rescued by security officers of the university who took her to the Legon Police Station at about 3 : 00 a . m .

Unknown to the students, the act had been filmed by an unidentified person who later released the footage on the internet.

The occurrence, which the authorities said had dented the image of the University , was widely condemned by human rights groups, with women’ s rights activists calling on the security agencies to expedite action on the matter.
Source: Daily Graphic

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