Commonwealth, Mensah Sarbah Hall students clash; set car ablaze
Students of Commonwealth Hall popularly known as the Vandals and their main rivals, the students of Mensah Sarbah Hall, the Vikings have clashed on campus this morning before the commencement of the 2016/17 matriculation ceremony of the University of Ghana.
In the process, a Toyota Corolla car with registration number GR 5514-16 was set ablazed.
The clash was said to have been caused by dispute over procession route for their respective freshmen resulting in destruction of properties belonging to students and the University. This also caused some injuries to some of their colleagues as students of both halls were seen throwing stones and other materials at each other.
According to eyewitnesses that GhCampus.com interacted with, one of the students believed to be a resident of Commonwealth Hall came out of the crowd, poured a liquid substance believed to be petrol on a Toyota Corolla car with registration number GR 5514-16 parked at the car park in front of Mensah Sarbah Hall and set it ablaze. The witnesses said the perpetrator was wearing a mask so no one could make him out.
Families, friends and love ones of level 100 students around the area where the incident happened had to run for their lives as the University security could not control these students.
It took a joint effort of the Police and the Ghana Fire Service to restore order and peace.
The owner of the car, an MBA student at the Business School lamented over the damage and said the authorities must replace her car. She told our reporter that she has reported the case to the Police at the Legon Police station.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor Ebenezer Owusu Odoru in his address at the matriculation ceremony indicated a thorough investigation will be carried out to find the perpetrators of this act and will be duly sanctioned.
It has been the tradition of continuing students of Commonwealth hall to match with their colleague first year students to the Athletics Oval. This procession is known as MATRISCOT.
Last year, Mensah Sarbah hall students also started a similar procession creating confusion among them as to who has the right the entrance to Athletics Oval near the handball court.