Cash and other valuables stolen as thieves invade University of Ghana amidst COVID-19 temporal closure

African Union hostel in the University of Ghana

Some rooms in the African Union hostel in the University of Ghana have allegedly been broken into by thieves.

The occupants of the rooms who had returned to retrieve personal belongings report that the rooms had been ransacked with all visible valuables (cash, jewellery, etc) stolen.

While it is unclear how the burglars got access to the locked rooms, it is suspected that they might have entered through the balconies.

Narrating the incident in an exclusive interview with #UniversNews, one of the affected students said she had left her valuables in the room before leaving for home but returned to meet the room scattered.

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According to her, she thought the closure of the school and the accompanying order for students to vacate campus was going to be for a short while.

However, the imposition of the lockdown and lifting of same coupled with the rollout of the e-learning by the university signalled that reopening may not be in sight; a reason she had returned to pick her belongings.

“It was locked when I left for home, I called the last roommate to have left the room and he confirmed that all the lockers were locked before he also left for home. He left the keys at the porters’ lodge. My things have been stolen but I do not want others to face the same problem,” a resident recounted.

In a video, another student described the state of her room.

“As I entered my room, all my items had been scattered, my bag is opened, my locker is opened as well, something I locked before leaving for home, my roommate’s ‘Susu box’ is also opened and the money is gone; though none of our valuable items was taken.”

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Concerns over the safety of student’s items are growing with many not pleased about the development.

Some of the residents of the Hall have entreated the JCR to tighten security measures to ensure that their valuables are kept safe and secured.

Meanwhile, a signed statement by the President of the Junior Common Room (JCR), assured students that management is ‘investigating’ the issue.

Story by: UNR


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Ellis Ferdinand is a Journalist, Blogger and Founder of Ellis Multimedia, a parent company of EducationGhana.org, an Online Education News Blog, PoliticsGhana.com and GhanaNaija.net. Ellis Ferdinand is a Graduate of Accra College of Education and the University of Cape Coast, where he obtained a Diploma In Basic Education and a Bachelor of Education in Accounting. He is currently Reading his Master of Philosophy in Curriculum and Pedagogic Studies at the University of Education, Winneba in Ghana. Ellis Ferdinand won Blogger of the Year at the 2018 National Students’ Awards and was also adjudged 14th Best Ghanain Blogger in 2018 among the Top 50 Ghanaian Bloggers of 2018. He introduced the Concept of Education Blogging in Ghana in 2014 with his famous blog EducationGhana.net. now EducationGhana.org His Blog won Best Media Promoting Education in 2017, 2018 and 2019 respectively, an Award organized by Neogenics Education Consult. In 2019, He adjudged the Most Promising West African Blogger of the Year in Nigeria. He won Writer of the Year at the 2021 EDUCOM AWARDS

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