The police have picked up five students of the Konongo Odumase Senior High School in the Ashanti Region over the death of Larhan Samu’un, a first-year male student of the same school, on Friday, November 5, 2021.
The commander at the Konongo district police station, DSP Osei Adu Agyemang, said preliminary investigations revealed that the suspects had led other senior colleagues to bully first years on campus.
“These five suspects who are all in Form 2, ganged up and decided to go to House Three and then bully the first years. They first attacked and assaulted some of them. They further moved to the mini market on campus and grabbed another first-year student and attempted to drag him away to molest him but he was rescued,” the commander said.
“This action infuriated Emmanuel Osei Frimpong [the key suspect] who went and attacked a first-year student but was stopped by the deceased. Feeling angry, the suspect pulled out a small kitchen knife and stabbed the deceased without any provocation,” DSP Agyemang said.
The first-year student sustained knife wounds at the lower left ribs and died at the Konongo Government Hospital, medics confirmed.
DSP Agyemang said the five suspects are expected to be arraigned in court on Monday.
“We have also retrieved the blood-stained kitchen knife and blood-soaked uniform worn by the deceased. We hope to remand them into police custody whilst a pathologist conducts investigations to establish the cause of death,” he said.
The police also said it will intensify patrols on campus pointing to a planned reprisal attack.
“We have arranged with school authorities and we want to maintain patrols on campus for one week,” he stated.
Stabbing incident unfortunate
The management of the school has described the incident as unfortunate but pledged to cooperate with the police to ensure that the perpetrators of the act are brought to book.
“I want to assure the public that the school will give its maximum support in the investigation of the case so that justice prevails,” the headmaster of the school, Dr. Benjamin Kwaku Baah, said.