Cross River State Education Commissioner, Stephen Odey, has called in the police to take charge, after an amateur video showing students of Government Secondary School Ikot Ansa, Calabar, engaged in a bloody fracas, went viral.
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Odey who swiftly visited the school early Thursday morning, on the heels of the incident on Wednesday, to assess the situation, expressly called on the Divisional Police Officer, DPO, Federal Housing Police Station, Innocent E. Ayabotu, a CSP, to step in and have all those involved in the fracas brought to book.
The commissioner while addressing the students, came clear that those fingered to have instigated the fracas or aggravated it, will face expulsion and will never be admitted into any secondary school in the state. He further promised to have the Department of State Security Department, DSS, the Police and relevant security agencies deployed to the school for surveillance. An immediate investigation into the issue will shortly commence.
Sources within the school informed www.calitown.com, on condition of anonymity, that the fracas was spearheaded by some students in Senior Secondary II, who grouped and attacked some Senior Secondary III students, believed to have meted out punishment to the former. In the video obtained by www.calitown.com, groups of charged students, bearing offensive weapons are seen embroiled in a bloody fight, with several teachers in the school helplessly watching.
Police sources at the Federal Housing Police Station, Calabar, confirmed to us that investigations have since commenced as most of the students in the video have been identified. “We will do our work, bring in the culprits and ensure that nothing of this nature takes place again in this school or in any other school in the state”, we were told.
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