Akwa Ibom Govt orders closure of school as presumed cultist stabs trainee to death

Akwa Ibom State Commissioner for Education, Mrs Idongesit Etiebet has purchased the closure of Community Comprehensive Secondary School, Aka Offot, in Uyo Local Government Area.

This came as a presumed cultist, one Samuel Archibong stabbed a Secondary School 2 student, James Elijah to death on Thursday.

A source from the school said that Archibong, an ex-student of the institution, who left the school over cult associated concerns, resurfaced again on that eventful day.

He added that there was a minor disagreement not long after his arrival in between him and Elijah, and in the ensuing scuffle, Archibong supposedly highlighted a knife and stabbed his victim to death and disappeared.

According to him, “He ran away after stabbing James to death. If they had met him at home, the upset students would have killed him. They need to have gone to his father’s home to revenge Elijah’s death.”

The state commissioner, Mrs Etiebet, while condemning the occurrence, bought that the institution be shut to enable the State Secondary Education Board and the Ministry of Education wade into the matter and restore calm.

“We encourage moms and dads to guarantee their wards stay inside your home until the ministry and the school wade into the matter to bring back normalcy,” Etiebet said.

On the other hand, the Police Public Relations Officer, Odiko Macdon, who confirmed the occurrence, described it as barbaric and regrettable.

In a declaration offered to newsmen Friday night in Uyo entitled: “Another Colossal Loss”, Macdon regretted that secondary schools which are expected to be arenas of excellent understanding acquisition, have ended up being theatre of bloodbath and fighting.

“It is once again regrettable, that the other day 10/03/2022, a Student of Aka Community Secondary, one Samuel Effiong Achibong stabbed his mate, 18-year-old James Elijah Adoke to death. This is not the first time we have actually seen an act of this nature and it is completely inappropriate.

“As a Command, we need to send patrol groups to some secondary schools after closing hours to guarantee that trainees can go house securely, else a battle might occur, it’s not only unpleasant but condemnable.

“The Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme is miffed and has actually condemned the barbaric act. He has actually gotten in touch with parents to preserve germane household worths, while school authorities are to quickly and quietly report believed trainees with qualities of cultism and misdemeanor.

“The CP keeps in mind that the command will henceforth release its Special Surveillance Units to check excesses of trainees and nip them in the bud prior to untoward incidents happen,” he stated.