*Principal raises the alarm for fear of the unknown
By Nosa Akenzua in Asaba
Hoodlums numbering over 20 on Wednesday morning sacked students of Igbonine Grammar School, a public school in Ozoro Community, Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State, leaving two of the students injured.
Principal of the school, Prince Syllabus Osiogo, who confirmed the incident to journalists, disclosed that the hoodlums gained entry into the school premises because it lacks a perimeter fence.
He added that criminals invaded the school with dangerous weapons and injured two of the students in the process.
He explained that the absence of the perimeter fence in the highly- populated school that sits on several acres of land made the it easier for the attackers to have a field day.
The school, he also said is about four kilometers away from the Ozoro community.
His words: “We are suffering monumental hazards from hoodlums in the community who easily access the premises because there is no perimeter fence, for instance, the hoodlums broke into my office and made away with several school materials, the same day they stole our water pumping machine, now we cannot pump water, So we are always thirsty, we suffer dehydration”.
Osiogo however appealed to the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) , the Delta State oil producing Areas Developmen Commission (Desopadec) and illustrous sons and daughters of the community to come to the aid of the school, adding,”government alone cannot meet the needs of the citizenry and that all stakeholders in Delta education project should come to the aid of the school.
While expressing gratitude to the Minority Leader in the House of Representatives, Leo Okuweh Ogor, for donating some science laboratory equipment to the school recently, the principal further disclosed that the incident was reported to the police station in Ozoro, which is currently investigating the activities of the hoodlums .
But the police Commissioner in the state Mustapha Muhammad, who also spoke to journalists in Asaba, said that the police were investigating the incident adding: ” I have ordered the DPO of Ozoro police Division to ensure the hoodlums are brought to book.
“I have also ordered that some police men without uniforms be deployed to the school for 24hours surveillance and ensure the hoodlums are brought to book”.
It was gathered that the hoodlums are suspected cultists who have made live unbearable for residents within the school premises in the last few months as they allegedly attacked the students with dangerous weapons.
Academic activities were said to have been paralyzed for several minutes before the police men moved into the school to save the situation, unfortunately the hoodlums fled into the bush where they ran through to unknown destination.