- A civil disturbance has disrupted academic activities in a school in Osun state
- The state government has taken action to prevent a further breakdown of law and order
- The Osun state police command has commenced an investigation into the incident
There was panic in Osun state after hoodlums armed with weapons invaded the lfeoluwa Co Educational Grammar School in Osogbo.
The Nation reported that the incident which occurred on Tuesday morning, February 16, forced students and teachers of the institution to scamper for safety.
An eyewitness who spoke anonymously said the hoodlums suspected to be cultists were armed with cutlasses and other weapons.
The source said one person sustained a machete cut and was taken to hospital before the arrival of the police to the scene.
The Punch reported that the incident has prompted the Osun state government to shut down the school.
The coordinating director, ministry of education, Kehinde Olaniyan, in a statement explained that the closure was to prevent the breakdown of law and order.
The statement read in parts:
''This is to inform the general public especially parents, guardians, and students of lfeoluwa Co Educational Grammar School Osogbo, that the Honourable Commissioner for Education has directed that the School be closed down temporarily until further notice.
“Parents and guardians are advised to keep their wards at home while the closure lasts. The Ministry is working round the clock to ensure that the hoodlums are arrested and prosecuted accordingly.”
The spokesperson of Osun police command, Yemisi Opalola, confirmed that one of the armed hoodlums that invaded the school was arrested.
Meanwhile, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) on Wednesday, February 27, called on the federal government to immediately declare a state of emergency on the growing insecurity in Nigeria.
CDD's call followed the abduction of some students of Government Science College (GSC) in Kagara, Rafi local government area of Niger state.
The centre in a statement signed by its director, Idayat Hassan, and seen by Legit.ng, called for the unconditional release of the students abducted from GSC Kagara by unknown gunmen.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.