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Tragedy Strikes Akenten Appiah-Menka University as Student Passes Away Following Hall Procession Fire Incident

A tragic incident occurred at the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED) as a third-year mathematics student, Prosper Owusu, lost his life when his body caught fire during a hall procession on August 25, 2023. Owusu was among the students of Opoku Ware II Hall involved in activities around the hall when the unfortunate incident happened. Despite being rushed to the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) for medical care, he succumbed to his injuries on September 1, 2023.

The university administration has initiated an investigation into the incident, and in the meantime, students have been advised to refrain from engaging in activities that may jeopardize their safety.

Background

Owusu was said to be the “chief priest” of the Opoku Ware Hall at the university and was known for leading traditional rites for the hall.

A video on social media shows Owusu leading rituals by a fire while being surrounded by his colleagues.

His attire caught fire, but efforts to extinguish the flames were unsuccessful.

Read below a statement by the management of the university.

Mr. Prosper Owusu, a third-year Mathematics Student of the Akenten Appiah-Menka University of Skills Training and Entrepreneurial Development (AAMUSTED), was among some students of the Opoku Ware II Hall, who were allegedly performing some activities in the Hall, on Friday, August 25, 2023.

Prosper got injured and was sent to Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) immediately for medical attention. He was reported dead on September 1, 2023.

The issues surrounding the incident at the Hall are being investigated. Management will give further updates.

Meanwhile, students have been cautioned to avoid activities that predispose them to risks and other dire consequences.

The University extends heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family, students, and friends of the late Prosper Owusu.

May his soul rest in peace.

Thank you.

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