Officials at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) are rejecting reports suggesting that two students have been killed by armed robbers on campus.
The rumours follow a clip that has gone viral on social media, showing students allegedly being attacked by armed robbers at a lecture hall.
Subsequent reports claimed that the armed robbers made away with valuables such as mobile phones, laptops and an unspecified sum of money.
The reports also suggest that two students of the university, who are yet to be identified, were killed in the process.
However, Major Kofi Baah Bentum, the police public relations officer for UCC, talking to Asaase Radio’s Central Regional correspondent, Kwaku Baah Acheamfour, dismissed the rumours.
“Nothing like that has happened on the University of Cape Coast campus; there was no robbery incident. What we know is that they [students] saw a message on a students’ platform whilst they were studying at the lecture theatre. [The message said that] they should run away because armed robbers were attacking,” he said.
Pulled a prank
“I cannot tell the motive for that, but I want you to know it’s similar to the prank calls we have experienced with the Fire Service or the National Ambulance,” he said.
‘‘But the bottom line is that no armed robbers were found, no instruments of robbery were found, no causalities have been recorded.’’
Major Baah Bentum said that measures have been put in place to beef up security and ensure the safety of everyone at the university.
“Their security is still very dear to the heart of management,” he added. “Over the pst couple of years, we have done a lot to improve security on campus.
“We have invested so much in technology. We have installed CCTV cameras almost everywhere, and we’ve retrained our security personnel for them to be sharper than before,” he said.
“There is a police station here on campus to respond when something happens. Essentially, the situation has improved. What happened on Monday has no truth.’’