Akwa Ibom State Police Command has confirmed that a pupil, Samuel Archibong, has stabbed a schoolmate, James Elijah, to death. Reports said Archibong and Elijah attended Community Secondary School, Aka Offot, in Uyo, the State capital.
The State’s Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon, disclosed this in a statement issued in Uyo on Saturday. Macdon, who confirmed that the incident, occurred on March 10, called on parents to inculcate good family culture in their children to avoid such occurrence.
He said the Commissioner of Police in the state, Andrew Amiengheme, has directed the deployment of a Special Surveillance Unit to schools to check the excesses of students.
He warned students to be of good conduct during and after school hours, as the Command would not tolerate any act of hooliganism. He said: “This is not the first time we have witnessed an act of this nature and it is totally unacceptable, The Trumpet gathered.
“The Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, is miffed and has condemned the barbaric act. “He has called on parents to enshrine germane family values while school authorities are to quickly and discreetly report suspected students with traits of cultism and misdemeanor.”
The PPRO said, henceforth, the Command will send patrol teams to some secondary schools after closing hours to ensure that students went home safely.
Macdon said the Police Commissioner has assured the people that the perpetrator would be brought to book. Meanwhile, the Commissioner for Education, Idongesit Etiebet, has ordered the closure of the school to enable the State Secondary Education Board and the Ministry of Education to wade into the matter and restore calm.