Officials of Department of State Services, who attacked teachers at the Federal Government Girls College, Calabar, Cross River State have been accused of taking along with them, the victims’ phones, money and other valuables.
A lawyer based in Abuja who identified himself simply as First Baba Isa leveled this allegation of taking the teachers’ valuables against the officials.
According to a teacher in the school, Fubara Duke, lied when he claimed that his men did not shoot, adding that several empty shells expended during the DSS men’s continuous shooting at the school gates and walls were recovered.
Isa said the DSS must pay the hospital bills of the teachers, who sustained injuries during the attack ; return the missing items, while N10 m compensation be paid to the school authorities in damages.
A Civic Education teacher, Mr Owai Owai, had on Thursday beaten 10 pupils of Senior Secondary 3, for forcing some Junior Secondary School pupils to sweep their ( SS 3 ) classroom while classes had commenced.
One of the the seniors, Grace Loveth Asuquo, grabbed the teacher by the collar of his shirt, protesting her flogging. The teacher was shocked and gave her more strokes for her action. She told the teacher in front of the students that her parents will burn down the school today and stormed out of the class.
Mr Owai continued teaching, unknown to him that Grace has called her mum, who called her sister that is a DSS operative. Half way through the class, the student’s mum, her aunt who is a DSS operative and another man, stormed the class, gestapo-style, took the teacher’s canes and flogged him mercilessly before his alarmed students.
When the canes broke from the trashing of hapless Mr Owai, they descended on his frail frame and rained torrents of blows and kicks on him. The screams of the students alerted the teachers who came to the rescue.
Grace’s DSS operative aunt called for reinforcement and before you can say “poor education funding”, 3 Hilux load of DSS operatives stormed the school.
The operatives went berserk and started shooting sporadically and hitting teachers with anything they could find: blows, kicks, stones, gun butts! Several teachers sustained injuries from the assault and battery.
Some ran into adjoining bushes and farms to save their lives. Some of the teachers started taking pictures and videoing. When the DSS operatives found out, they went after them, forcefully collecting their phones and further brutalising them. Phones, monies, glasses and other valuables were taken away by the operatives.
When they were driving out, they found the gate locked. They beat up the security men and shut the padlock open! They abducted the student, Grace Loveth Asuquo and left the school premises.
The entire staff and students of Federal Government Girls College community are traumatized and frightened. Classes didn’t hold on Friday, February 3rd because of this.
When did we get here and how? The DSS, trained, armed and paid with tax payers money; using the arms we bought for them to harass our teachers before our children. What is this?
Isa who demanded that the DSS to must tender apology, said his chamber would institute a legal action against the agency
Isa said the officials took away the teachers ’ valuables and beat up the security men at the gate while fleeing the school .
“Some ( teachers ) ran into adjoining bushes and farms to save their lives . Some of the teachers started taking pictures and videoing . When the DSS operatives found out, they went after them, forcefully collecting their phones and further brutalising them. Phones , money, glasses and other valuables were taken away by the operatives,” he added .
The lawyer who wrote on his facebook page said, “The management and staff of the school have instructed me to demand the following : a written public apology from DSS published on NTA , Radio Nigeria and four national dailies; an oral apology given at the Assembly Ground before staff and students ; an outright dismissal and prosecution of the operatives involved in this barbaric act; N10m compensation to the school, among others.
“I have the further instruction of the staff to file a suit in a court of competent jurisdiction to seek redress and damages,” he added.