Nemesis: Man dies stealing school property in Akwa Ibom

Posted by News Express | 30 March 2022 | 826 times

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Nemesis has caught up with some vandals wreaking havoc on school property in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State as one of them has mysteriously suffocated while  pillaging a school building while two others have been arrested and incarcerated.

 The deceased vandal was said to have suffocated in the ceiling of one of the buildings at Government Primary School, Aka Offot in Obio Imo Street in Uyo metropolis, possibly, while trying to escape.

 The Village Head of Aka Offot, Etteidung Francis Udo, told newsmen who visited the dilapidated school located his domain.

 Eteidung Udo, who described the vandalism and rampant stealing of property belonging to the school as alarming and persistent, explained that two suspects caught in the act had been remanded in the custodial centre in prison custody, while one was discovered dead in the school ceiling suffocating.

 The traditional ruler said though some of the suspects escaped by scaling through the school fence, the long arms of the law would one day catch on all of them.

 “The stealing and wanton destruction of school property at Government Primary School, Aka Offot in Obio Imo is very pathetic and has continued for a long time now, despite government intervention to serve the situation. Those responsible will be apprehended and made to face the wrath of the law.

 “I appeal to the relevant authorities to come to our assistance. We have tried our best. Two have been jailed as a result of the vandalism, while one has also died as he tried to escape,” Udo said.

 The monarch called on the State Government to as matter of urgency erect high rise perimeter fence to reduce, if not eradicate future occurrence.

 An official of the school, who pleaded anonymity, said the vandalism started in year 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

 According to her, before the lockdown, the school was quite in order, as desks provided for the pupils were intact and the roofs were not removed. She, however, said before they could resumed after the lockdown almost all the desks, tables and chairs  including roofing sheets were removed.

 “This room was full of windows and doors, but when we vacated around 2020 during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, before we resumed we did not see any window, door and the roofs were vandalised.

 “Since then, they continue to cut the roofing sheet every weekend, when we closed on Friday before we returned on Monday. During weekends they continue cutting the roofing sheets. The Headmistress has to report the incident to the Ministry of Education, with pictures.

 “The Headmistress office was not spared, they climbed through the ceiling and packed all desks, that is why you see pupils sitting on the floor. When we reported to the ministry, the Commissioner for Education and the Permanent Secretary visited the school and promised to intervene,” she said.

 She said construction work has commenced in one of the classrooms block to alleviate the plight of the innocent pupils and decried the extent of vandalism as pupils were allowed to sit on the floor with leaked roofs to write their examinations during raining season.

 “Last year during raining season, the pupils sat on the wet floor to write their examinations, there were no desks for them as all have been carted away by hoodlums. Now, we thank God inter ministerial government intervention has come to renovate one of the blocks. The Village Head of Aka Offot and the community are aware of these vandalisms,” she said.

 She appealed to the State Government to come to their rescue by building high perimeter fence around the school to scare criminals and improved on the security network in the school.

 The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, when contacted promised that the ministry would get the attention of State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB) to intervene and see what could be done to remedy the situation. (Daily Sun)


Source: News Express

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