Chaos in Lagos as Suspected Hoodlums Storm Popular Private School, Chase Pupils Out
- Parents and pupils of Shalom Group of Schools, Baruwa, Ipaja, Lagos state have been placed in a panic mode
- Reports have it that the school was invaded by some suspected hoodlums who were led by a leader called Kaka
- It was gathered that the hoodlums were claiming rights to the land on which the school is built
Lagos, Ipaja - An emerging report has confirmed that at least 40 suspected hoodlums invaded the Shalom Group of Schools, Baruwa, Ipaja, Lagos State.
The Punch newspaper reported that pupils and management of the school were barred from entering the school's premises after it was surrounded by the suspected hoodlums.
Confirming the incident on Monday, January 30, the proprietress of the school, Mrs Adedayo Odeka stated that the hoodlums barricaded the school under the guise of Omo-Onile, a Yoruba word for land owners, while some refer to them as land-grabbers.
While recounting the incident Odeka disclosed that the group of hoodlums who invaded her school was led by one Kaka.
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“He claimed that they won a court judgement to take possession of our land. I told him to show me the judgement, as I was not aware of any court case let alone judgment but he refused.”
She revealed that the land was acquired lawfully from the federal government as far back as 1992 and the school was built on it.
The proprietress said:
“This land, we have been occupying it for 30 years; students have been graduating year in, year out.
“The land is a Federal Government allocation; we don’t have any dealings with Omo Onile; we have all our documents.”
A further account of the invasion confirmed that the incident ensued on Saturday, January 28 and some of the properties of the school were vandalised by the Kaka-led hoodlums.
It was gathered that the incident forced boarding students to evacuate their various hostels during the attack.
Odeka added that the incident was reported to the Lagos state police command, Ipaja division and upon getting there they were unable to restore normalcy as the hoodlums continued to terrorize the school premises.
Security guard gives account of incident, parents react
Giving another account of the incident, Mr Michael Yakubu, a security guard on duty recounted that Kaka and his gang launched the invasion at about 6 am on Saturday.
“They broke the wall and removed the two main gates to gain access, claiming that the land belonged to them.
“They brought in sand and blocks and started digging and erecting structures on the school field. They blocked the two entrances with blocks, put a small gate and locked it.”
Similarly, Mrs Osagie Igebo, a parent whose child is a pupil in the school decried that the incident was unfortunate while noting that disputes should be settled with civility and not chaos.
Miss Success Afolayan, an SS2 student of the school said:
“This is going to affect our education, as we do not know when it will be resolved.”
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It was gathered that the Labour Party held a sensitisation rally at Lakowe town of Lekki when suddenly armed thugs attacked them.
However, it was gathered that scores were injured while others scampered for safety during the attack.