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Vandalism at SOGASCO: Four Comboni Vocational Technical School Students Arrested

Vandalism at SOGASCO: Four Comboni Vocational Technical School Students Arrested

Four students from Comboni Vocational Technical School have been apprehended by the Sogakofe District Police Command on suspicion of vandalizing the main gate of Sogakope Senior High School (SOGASCO) in the South Tongu District of the Volta region.

The alleged incident took place in the early hours of Sunday, March 10, 2024, at around 1:00 AM. It is reported that the sliding glasses of SOGASCO’s main entrance were shattered, and mosquito nets in one of the classroom blocks were set on fire.

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According to Newman Dziedzoave, the Headmaster of SOGASCO, although the situation has calmed down, the police have detained four students and four individuals from the town suspected to be involved in the incident. Dziedzoave stated, “The situation is almost under control. Some arrests have been made this morning by the police and the NIB.

So those who were actually behind the destruction, four of them have been picked, and others are on the run.” He added that the detained students, along with four former Comboni students from the town, are aiding the police in their investigation.

The headmaster explained that the friction between the two schools began when a SOGASCO student was admitted to Comboni Hospital a few weeks earlier. He recounted an incident where three Comboni students confronted the SOGASCO student about tucking in his shirt, which escalated into a threat of physical violence.

This altercation led to tension between the student bodies of both schools, culminating in a clash during the independence anniversary parade at SOGASCO on March 6, 2024. Subsequently, there were incidents involving stone-throwing, resulting in injuries to a driver from Comboni.

The Sogakope District Police Command has confirmed that the four detained individuals are still in custody assisting with the investigation. A District Security Council (DISEC) meeting is planned for Monday, March 11, 2024, to address the situation. Meanwhile, some students from SOGASCO have expressed feeling fearful.

Maxwell Lukutor, a former National President of the SOGASCO Old Students Association (SOSA) and an aspiring Member of Parliament under the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the South Tongu Constituency, has pledged to mediate between the two schools to foster lasting peace.

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