The Vice Chancellor of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology has mounted a parade in honour of five gallant campus security guards and two other civilians for exhibiting bravery in arresting a notorious armed robber.
The five security campus guards: Napoleon Quayson, Atta Fotua Jnr., Eric Kwarteng, Stephen Mbatem, Nelson Adumpeligo. The two civilians were Prof. R. C. Abaidoo, Provost – College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Mr. James M. Dogbatse, National Service Person.
The historic programme saw Regional commanders of the security agencies and some bigwigs of the university including the Pro Vice Chancellor, Professor Peter Donkor; Mr. Kobby Yebo Okrah, registrar; provosts, deans and heads of department in attendance.
The Vice Chancellor, Professor William Otoo Ellis in a speech said the university is still faced with some security challenges despite strides made by the authorities to provide security gadgets including reflectors, torch lights, vehicles and uniforms to the security guards to aid them in their work.
The Vice Chancellor was, however, thankful to the security services with support from the state agencies for their support in maintaining calm and very conducive atmosphere for academic work.
Medals, citations and an undisclosed sum of money were presented to all the five security guards. They were also promoted unconditionally to the next rank. This, the Vice Chancellor said was to motive their compatriots. He advised them to allow the award to spur them to even greater heights.
Prof. R. C. Abaidoo, Provost – College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and Mr. James M. Dogbatse, National Service Person were also awarded with a citation each in appreciation to their support and civil service to the course of the university.
Professor Ellis assured staff of the university that promotions will not be made based only on one’s long service but one would be promoted based on one’s outstanding performance.
On November 9, 2010 the five campus security guards with the help of the two civilians exhibited great bravery and dedication by arresting a very notorious armed robber who terrorized students and residents in the precincts of the Great Hall, senior staff club.
The suspected armed robber was alleged to have been wearing a face mask and wielding a locally manufactured pistol, a life cartridge, a very sharp machete and some dried leaves suspected to be Indian hemp. In the struggle to disarm and arrest the suspect, all five security personnel as well as Mr. James Mawuli Dogbatse sustained various degrees of injuries and were subsequently hospitalized for a number of days.
The securities were able to overpower and arrested him. The suspect is now in police custody for prosecution.
Bright Habita, KNUST