A/Ibom closes school over students unrest
kwa Ibom State Government has closed down indefinetely, Government Technical College, Ewet in Uyo Local Government Area over student’s unrest, destruction of property and injury to some staff and policemen.
Students of the school had on Wednesday, 19th February engaged in a street fight that led to the destruction of properties, and injuries to some staff and policemen who tried to quell the crisis.
. It was learned that the Divisional Police Officer in the area was in a critical condition in hospital, while a member of staff was undergoing a surgical operation on the left eye, as several other staff and members of the public have sustained varying degrees of injury. The Commissioner for Education,
Prof. Nse Essien said yesterday in Uyo, in a press statement that crises has become a recurring decimal in the school, noting that a full scale investigation will be carried out on the primary causes, and further advised the students to immediately vacate the school premises.
The Commissioner said 34 students fingered as masterminds of the incident and have been placed on indefinite suspension, adding that they would not return to the school system until the cases have been reviewed. He explained that all the students arrested during the incident and those to be arrested will be prosecuted in a juvenile court. “
As a responsible government, we cannot sit down, fold our hands and watch, how our schools, which are supposed to be citadel of learning are being turned into a den of hooligans,” he said. Meanwhile, the Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Nnudum Frederick who confirmed the incident said 11 students have been arrested in connection with the crisis.