Scores of students of the University of Ghana and the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) have been evicted from their hostels amidst preparations for their examinations.
The forceful eviction occurs amidst a dispute between owners of the hostel they inhabit.
A report from TV3 Ghana captures the chaotic scenes at the hostel as the students, numbering about 45, were evicted.
The video showed the raucous scenes at the hostel facility with third-party ‘land guards’ hired by the aggrieved owner to throw out the students.
In an interview with TV3 Ghana, the students noted this is far from ideal as they are preparing for their exams.
They also noted they have no alternative accommodations available to them.
“We are about to start our exams (and) I don’t think finding a hostel right now is going to be helpful. Where are we supposed to find a room for now,” a female student said.
Another student narrated: “We were in our rooms and we heard some noise that we should park out. We tried to approach them (to resolve the matter) but a third party came in with motorbikes and it became something like a fight.”
One of the partners said that the situation could have been resolved without removing the students from their rooms.
“Even if I owe you rent and the thing is at the police station can you just take land guards and come and evict all of us and beat us? In addition, while my rent has not expired? That is where I want the law to take its course.
“I called the police emergency line (and) they said they don’t have a car,” the partners told TV3.
Neither the Ghana Police Service nor management of the two institutions involved had commented on the video at the time of filing this report.
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