Akwa’Ibom govt shuts school as student stabs colleague to death.

By Isaac Job, Uyo

Akwa Ibom State Government has announced the closure of  Community Comprehensive Secondary School, Aka Offot in Uyo metropolis as a  student identified as Samuel Archibong allegedly stabbed an SS2 student known as James Elijah to death.

A source told The Trumpet on Saturday, that the suspect; a former student of the college earlier suspended for cult-related matters, emerged on the fateful day to wreak havoc in the school.

He explained that there was a skirmish between the suspect and the victim immediately they arrived at the school premises and in the process, Archibong reportedly pulled out a knife from his pocket, stabbed his victim to death and bolted away.

“He ran away after stabbing James to death. Those angry students would have killed him if they had met him at home. They must have gone to his father’s house to revenge their colleague’s death,” he said

However, Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet, while condemning the incident, ordered that the school be shut to enable the State Secondary Education Board and the Ministry of Education wade into the matter and restore peace.

“We advise parents to ensure their wards remain indoor until the ministry and the school wade into the matter to restore normalcy,” Etiebet said.

Meanwhile, the state Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon has confirmed the incident describing it as barbaric and regrettable, The Trumpet gathered.

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In a statement issued and  made available to newsmen  in Uyo, titled: “Another Colossal Loss”,  Macdon observed  that secondary schools, which are supposed to be avenues  of excellent knowledge acquisition, have become theaters of blood bath and fighting.”

“It is again regrettable, that yesterday March 10, 2022, a student of Aka Community Secondary School, one Samuel Effiong Achibong, stabbed his mate, 18 years old James Elijah Adoke, to death. This is not the first time we have witnessed an act of this nature and it is totally unacceptable.

He said the state Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme, was miffed and had condemned the barbaric act.

According to him, the Police commissioner said that “the Command will, henceforth, deploy its Special Surveillance Units to check excesses of students and nib them in the bud before untoward incidents happen”

However, at the time of filing this report, the police could not confirm if the suspect had been arrested.

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