By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
The Cross River state police command, on Friday, paraded 13 suspected criminals, including a secondary school girl who allegedly went to her school to kill her teacher for reprimanding her.
The commissioner of police in the state, Sikiru Akande, who paraded the said student, Friday, gave the student’s name as Promise Idorenyin, adding that the gun was given to her by her 38-year-old boyfriend, Okon Effiom Edet.
CP Akande said the suspect did not target her teacher as initially reported, but that the double barrel pistol found in her back had no ammunition.
“The 17-year-old-girl, a SS II student of Community Secondary School, Ikot Ewa, Akpabuyo, had in her school bag, a locally made double barrel pistol, which was discovered by the principal of the school. The suspect admitted that the said firearm was given to her by her boyfriend, Okon Effiom of Abasi Effiom village in Akpabuyo local government area. Discreet investigation is ongoing, suspects will soon be handed over to the appropriate authority for prosecution,’ he stated.
The Commissioner added that the other 12 suspects were arrested in different parts of the state and that the police recovered 57 rounds of 7.6mm live ammunition, 25 feet Armoured cables, eight (8) parcels of weeds suspected to be Indian hemp, one (1) locally made double barrel pistol, three (3) locally made pistols with three live cartridges, charms, amulets, amongst many other items
In an interview, the girl said the gun belonged to her boyfriend and that her parents were aware of her relationship with the man and had given their support, but denied planning to shoot her teacher.
“My parents are aware of my relationship. At times, he sleeps in our house with me and helps me in my school matters. He told me you take the gun to the blacksmith to fix it,” she stated, but added that she belonged to a female cult group called Skyqueens.