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2 arrested over grisly murder of OKESS student

Two persons have been arrested by the Kumasi police in connection with the gruesome murder of a final year student of Osei Kyeretwie Senior High School, Wednesday night.

The suspects, whose identities are yet to be established, are suspected to be part of a gang of armed men who attacked the school and reportedly stabbed 19-year-old Godfred Arthur, twice in the neck while he attempted to run away from the attackers.

The assailants were said to have invaded the school at about 10:00pm last night and attacked the students. It is unclear what the motive for the attack was.

According to reports most final year students packed out after writing their final West Africa Secondary School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) paper Thursday morning, against the decision of school authorities.

Some parents, who have thronged the school in a bid to take their children home, say they have been prevented from entering the school campus.

I’m waiting for them to finish then I will take my child home; they are preventing us from entering the classrooms, a worried parent told OTECNEWS.

Police Commander ACP Francis Aggripa who spoke to OTECNEWS’ Nana Asare Barimah said, Personnel from the Tafo-Pankrono Division have since been deployed to the school to begin investigations into the incident.

Meanwhile, Board Chairman of the school, Owusu Ansah is demanding an immediate solution to the issue of insecurity around the area where the school is located, in order to avert further deaths.

“The powers that be should take advantage of this thing even though it’s unfortunate, to put an end to that story because it’s long overdue. For more than 20 years we have been fighting this [crime] incident,” he told NEWSMEN.

Brief History of the School

Osei Kyeretwie Senior High school (known as OKESS) was established in July 1937 as the first secondary school in the Asante region. The school, formerly known as Asante Collegiate started as a private educational institution with just a handful of all boys’ students by the late Rev. J.T. Robert.

After many years of private management, the school was taken over by the ministry of education in September, 1958; relocated it to Dichemso in September 1968; and renamed as Osei Kyeretwie (after Nana Sir Osei Ageyman Prempeh II, Otomfuo, the Asantehene) who was known in private life as Obarima Osei Kyeretwie .

In 1970, the current Tafo site of about 168-acre land was allocated to enable the school build permanent campus; the school has through 34 years operated from both the Dichemso and Tafo campuses.

Following persistent pressures to move, the government eventually agreed and moved the whole school to the new site at Tafo in 2004. The philosophy or motto of the school is ‘’service to God and humanity”. Products of the school are affectionately called ‘’AHENEMAA’’…princes and princesses. [ citation needed ]




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