NO fewer than 12 soldiers from 31 Artillery Brigade of the Nigeria Army, on Tuesday, laid siege on the Hill Top Model Secondary School, Minna, holding teachers and students hostage and thereby disrupted academic activities for over five hours.
The officers and other ranks who stormed the school premises were armed with AK 47 riffles, arrived in a Mitsubishi Hillux Pickup marked 31 AB 035 NA. It was alleged that the soldiers removed the tags bearing their names because of their perceived un-official presence at the school premises. It was further gathered that the soldiers came on the invitation of one Umar (surname withheld), a civilian, who happened to be a friend of one of the army officers.
A teacher in the school informed the Nigerian Tribune that at about 8:00a.m., Umar, decked in military fatigue, drove into the school in a black Nissan Sports Utility Van (Jeep) with registration number Niger: AA 551 KUG. He stated further that Umar came on the invitation of one Farida Mustapha, Senior Secondary one student of the school who was punished by a teacher over an undisclosed offence.
The teacher said that Alhasan came to the school to intimidate the teacher over the general punishment involving his girlfriend, Farida.
Also speaking, Mr Bala Mohammed, principal of the school, simply said “Umar drove into the school in a reckless way.” “We thank God that the students were not on break, else, he would have knocked one down. “I cannot talk to journalists now until I get permission from the state’s Commissioner for Education, Alhaji Danladi Abdulmeed. “But, I have invited the Zonal Inspector and he is on the way to the school to see things for himself.”
The Zonal Inspector, Mr Mohammed Gambo, told newsmen that he was at the school to investigate the incidence before briefing journalists. “We will do our best to get to the root of the matter, I assure you,’’ he said.