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Female student armed with gun to shoot class teacher – Police

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By Joseph Kingston, Calabar

 The Cross River state police command has confirmed that a female secondary school student of about 15 years old actually attempted to shoot her teacher with a pistol.

Reports say the girl, whose name was not disclosed as at press time, is a student of Government Secondary School, Ikot Ewa in Akpabuyo local government area of the state and that the incident happened last week. Authorities, it was learnt, had attempted to suppress the information without success.

In a chat, spokesman for the Cross River Police command, DSP Irene Ugbo, who spoke through her second in command, Igiri Ewa, said “we heard about it just as you in the media did. The girl is yet to be delivered to us. When we have access to the matter, we shall invite the press.”

The police said investigation would commence as soon as the girl is handed over to them.

Also speaking through her mobile line, the chairman of Akpabuyo, Hon Emmanuel Offiong Bassey, told our reporter on Thursday, “what I learnt is that she is still in the custody of the army. It is still part of insecurity we are fighting against and which we have done extremely well in reducing to the barest minimum.

“How she got the gun, I do not know but the information, which may not be very accurate, is that at the point that she wanted to bring out the gun to shot at the teacher who was her target, another teacher who was behind her suddenly grabbed her.”

Hon Bassey warned parents and guardians to be “very watchful and pay attention to activities of their children and wards as well as be aware of the company they keep.”

However, an eyewitness, Charles Edem, said the teenager wanted to shot her teacher for telling her to cut her hair.

He said “The girl went to school with a gun to shoot her teacher for telling her to cut her coloured hair.

“The girl resumed back to school and was asked by her class teacher to go home and cut her coloured hair. She got furious and sneaked a gun to the school to repay her teacher. This is the society we are living today and it is not healthy.”

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