Schoolgirl scolded for blonde hair tries shooting teacher in Cross River
Charles Nwoke, Calabar, Nigeria
February 19, 2021
A teenage girl in Community Secondary School Ikot Ewa, Akpabuyo Local Government Area Council of Cross River State has been averted from killing her teacher with a pistol on Thursday.
The senior student, whose name was withheld, was disarmed and apprehended on the school premises by the school principal, Mr. Inyang Inyang, and immediately handed over to the police for investigations and possible prosecution.
Emmanuel Offiong-Bassey, the Akpabuyo Local Government Council Chairman, who spoke to newsmen, said he was informed that the suspect was about to shoot her target when she was disarmed.
He explained, “How she got the gun, I do not know. The information I have, which may not be very accurate, is that when she wanted to bring out the gun to shoot at her target, another teacher who was behind her quickly stopped her. I learned she is still in the custody of the army.”
The LG Boss advised parents to pay keen attention to the daily activities of their children and the company their children keep.
It was gathered that the girl had gone to school with tinted hair and her class teacher asked her to go home and have the hair cut. Instead of adhering to the teacher’s directive, she was said to have got angry and allegedly decided to get a gun to shoot the teacher.
Meanwhile, the teenage female student who was nabbed for unlawful possession of a locally made pistol has confessed that she equally belongs to a cult group known as “Sky Queens Confraternity”.
She also revealed that she has been sexually active with her “man-friend”, a father of six children, since August last year and the man has been assisting her with other things apart from paying her school fees.
The teenager confessed on Friday at the Diamond Hill Calabar, the Cross River State Police Command Headquarters when she was paraded alongside her boyfriend who owns the locally made pistol and 11 others for various criminal offenses.
Briefing newsmen on Friday, CP Sikiru Akande, the Cross River State Commissioner of Police, disclosed that the investigation revealed that the girl was taking the locally made double barrel pistol to a blacksmith.
He also stated that investigations were still ongoing to unravel the mystery surrounding the ownership of the gun, adding that a suspect, Okon Effiong has been arrested and more details would be revealed.
However, CP Akande called on parents, guardians, and sponsors to develop the habit of getting closer to their wards and children to know what they do and who they mix up or associate with.
The Police Chief said that within the period under review, 13 persons were apprehended for sundry crime including, kidnapping, vandalism, armed robbery, possession of marijuana, amongst other illegitimate activities.
Okon Effiong, the man-friend to the schoolgirl, confessed that he has been sleeping with her since August last year and have been supporting her family too in so many ways.
He said, “I am a married man with six children, I did not give her the gun, she took it herself where I kept it under the bed.
“I started sleeping with her in August last year. Her mother knows me. I have been doing small something on her head. They know she is my wife.”
On her part, the schoolgirl also claimed to be conveying the pistol to the blacksmith before it was confiscated by her school principal
She explained, “I am a member of Sky Queen Confraternity, I am just an ordinary member, I don’t hold any position in the group, I have known the owner of the gun who is my man-friend since last year, he sleeps with me and supports me with little things, but he is not the one paying my school fees.
“My mother knows about him because he visits me at our house and sometimes he sleeps over at my place because I have my room then in the morning he goes back to his own house.”
When contacted, Castro Ezama, the Special Adviser on Education to Governor Ben Ayade said it was very salient for parents and guardians.