A 15-year-old student of Accra Academy Senior High School at Bubuashie, Accra, has been arrested for allegedly being behind recent fire outbreaks in the school
The young man confessed to setting fire to dormitory blocks, including a new dormitory block, which was razed down completely, because he was forced into the school by his parents against his will.
He is a form two student, whose identity has been withheld by the police, he admitted he was responsibility for the last three fire incidents which ravaged dormitories, belongings of students such as trunks, chop boxes with food items, beds and other valuables.
The boy, who was handed over to the police a week ago, has been charged for causing unlawful damage contrary to section 172(1) (b) of the Criminal and Other Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29).
According to the police, to execute his plan, the student, allegedly, bought petrol from a nearby fuel service station in a used mineral water bottle with which he set fire to the dormitories, the police said.
The suspect then sprinkled the petrol in the dormitory, lit a match to set the dormitory ablaze during ‘prep’ time before joining his mates who would be busy studying.