Decades-old rivalry sparks clash between Commonwealth, Sarbah Hall students

Decades-old rivalry sparks clash between Commonwealth, Sarbah Hall students
Source: Ghana | | AKABP
Date: 08-10-2016 Time: 02:10:30:pm

The matriculation ceremony of the University of Ghana was nearly marred when students of Commonwealth and Mensah Sarbah Halls clashed Saturday.

Sources say the incident was triggered by an alleged manhandling of a resident of Mensah Sarbah hall by a group of students from Commonwealth hall.

The Sarbah Hall student was slapped by the group after he claimed his wall was superior to Commonwealth hall, a source told

Some residents of Sarbah Hall did not treat the news likely resulting in a closed-door meeting attended by selected students to plan a hit back.

The source revealed that students of Sarbah all exacted their revenge when they hurled stones at first-year students of Commonwealth hall who were processing to the ground of 2016/2017 academic year matriculation.

Tapping into their rivalry with Sarbah hall, some second and third-year students of Commonwealth hall reacted resulting in the clash.

Muskets were fired by students of both halls as they chant war songs aimed at inciting their members.

The source says tension peaked when some students clad in T-shirts of Katanga hall of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) were spotted fighting on the side of Sarbah hall.

Commonwealth Hall students were displeased accusing Sarbah hall students of deliberately setting students of Katanga Hall, whom they considered their "enemies," against them.

They set fire to a vehicle parked in front of Sarbah Hall.

The Legon District Police Command and the Fire Service were called to the scene to help restore calm. has gathered the fire in the burning vehicle has been doused. Legon campus has returned to normalcy.

Meanwhile, school authorities say they would investigate circumstances leading to the clash and punish perpetrators.

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