The Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) says its initial investigation on a leaked sex tape reveals that a female whose face appeared in the video is not a student of the institution.
A statement issued by the University contends that a query of its database indicate names of the people in the video do not match those in their database.
According to the Deputy Registrar of the University, Ankamah Lomotey, it is impossible for the video to have been screened publicly in the Independence Hall because it does not have an auditorium but a quadrangle.
He said, after speaking to the porter on duty, they were told no such activity took place in the Hall. He dismissed the claim that the video was filmed in the University as none of the scenery in the video is anything like they have on campus.
He also confirmed that investigations are still ongoing.
A two-minute sex video which has gone viral on social media only shows the face of a female and not her male sex partner. The female was rumoured to be a student of the University.
Below is a copy of the statement
OUR attention has been drawn to a video recording being circulated and purported to involve students of our University. Management of the University has gotten a copy of the said video.
A query of our database showed that the alleged names do not match the picture as seen in the video recording. It could, therefore, be a case of mistaken identity.
It is also alleged that the video was shot at the Independence Hall of the University, but the environment in the video recording does not indicate or depict the setting of a room at the Independence Hall of Residence or any Hall of Residence on the University Campus.
Evidence currently available indicates that the lady in the video is not from KNUST. Other details provided so far has also proven to be false; the room number, programme of study and the year are also false.
There is a high probability that the video could have been shot elsewhere. There was emphatically no public viewing anywhere on campus as purported.
These are the facts that are currently available to the University. We wish to assure the public that the University will not condone or tolerate any such activity and conduct.
In a related development, the Data Protection Commission has indicated that those sharing the leaked video are violating the law and could face sanctions.
The Commission is appealing to KNUST, the Police or other relevant security agencies as a matter of urgency so as to investigate the incident and punish the perpetrators involved in the undercover act and publication of the said video.
Also, the Commission through their statement is advising all to desist from further publication of the video on their platforms since they will also be violating the data protection laws.
Below is a copy of the statement
PRESS RELEASE (For immediate release)
The Data Protection Commission (DPC) has expressed grave disappointment at the public screening of a video exposing a female student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in a sexual act.
This conduct of publicizing the sex video is malicious and contravenes Section 37 of the Data Protection Act 843 (2012) and infringes on the right of the victim involved in the sexual act.
A person who infringes Sec 37 of the Data Protection Act, 2012 (Act 843) commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not more than 5000 penalty units (GHC60,000.00) or a term of imprisonment of not more than 10 years or to both.
The Commission is appealing to the University, the Police or other relevant security agencies as a matter of urgency to promptly investigate the incident and punish the perpetrators involved in the undercover act and publication of the said video as well as protect the integrity of the victim in accordance with data protection and other laws in the country.
Such a punishment would not only deter people from engaging in such mischievous acts but would also promote sanity, decency and moral uprightness among students on campuses supposed to be academic settings for prospective mentors.
Meanwhile, the Commission is again using this medium to advise all to desist from further publication of the video on their platforms since they will also be violating the data protection laws.
Teki Akuetteh Falconer