• ‘DSS boss lied about shooting’
Mudiaga Affe and Afeez Hanafi
An Abuja-based lawyer, who identified himself simply as First Baba Isa, says officials of the Department of State Services, who attacked teachers at the Federal Government Girls College, Calabar, Cross River Stat, took the victims’ phones, money and other valuables.
This is just as a teacher in the school stated that the DSS boss, Fubara Duke, lied when he claimed that his men did not shoot, adding that several empty shells expended during the DSS men’s continuous shooting at the school gates and walls were recovered, demanding that the perpetrators should be prosecuted.
The lawyer, Isa, said the DSS must pay the hospital bills of the teachers, who sustained injuries during the attack; return the missing items, while N10m compensation be paid to the school authorities in damages.
PUNCH Metro had reported on Friday that a Civic Education teacher, Mr Owai Owai, had on Thursday beaten 10 pupils of Senior Secondary 3, for forcing some Junior Secondary School pupils to sweep their (SS3) classroom while classes had commenced.
One of the SS3 pupils was said to have called her mother, Mrs. Asuquo, a DSS official, on the telephone.
Asuquo reportedly raced to the school and invited her colleagues, who stormed the college premises, shooting indiscriminately. They reportedly flogged Owai, and other teachers, who attempted to caution them.
The lawyer, who lamented the attack on his Facebook page, said he had gone to Calabar for an event when one of the rattled workers of the school informed him about the incident.
He said, “I got a call in the morning of Thursday, February 2, from Architect Njor Ntangha Tabi, a staff member of the Federal Government Girls College, Calabar. He sounded agitated, frightened and incoherent. He was trying to say something about DSS, students, teachers, beatings, bullets and gunshots.
“I tried calming him down, but it wasn’t working. Incidentally, I was in Calabar for another assignment. I told him I would head out to the school once I was done with my assignment. That didn’t happen until hours later.
“When I got to the school, it was late in the evening. I met a rattled bunch of teachers, all trying to tell me what happened at the same time. I just gleaned what I could and scheduled a visit to the scene the following day.
“On Friday, I went to the scene and held a series of interview and came face to face with the grandfather of all impunity and the most bizarre thing that ever happened in an academic institution since man started learning how to read and write.
“The operatives (DSS) went berserk and started shooting and hitting teachers with anything they could find: blows, kicks, stones, gun butts! Several teachers sustained injuries from the assault and battery.”
Isa said the officials took away the teachers’ valuables and beat up the security men at the gate while fleeing the school.
“Some (teachers) ran into adjoining bushes and farms to save their lives. Some of the teachers started taking pictures and videoing. When the DSS operatives found out, they went after them, forcefully collecting their phones and further brutalising them. Phones, money, glasses and other valuables were taken away by the operatives,” he added.
While demanding the DSS to tender apology, he said his chamber would institute a legal action against the agency.
“The management and staff of the school have instructed me to demand the following: a written public apology from DSS published on NTA, Radio Nigeria and four national dailies; an oral apology given at the Assembly Ground before staff and students; an outright dismissal and prosecution of the operatives involved in this barbaric act; N10m compensation to the school, among others.
“I have the further instruction of the staff to file a suit in a court of competent jurisdiction to seek redress and damages,” he said.
Isa stated that a formal petition had been sent to the appropriate authorities on the incident.
Adding to what the lawyer said, a teacher in the school on Sunday debunked claims by the DSS that no gun was shot during the encounter.
The teacher, who identified himself as T.B. Samson, said the DSS officials shot several times at the gate to gain entrance.
Samson said there were visible bullet holes at the gate to show that the DSS officials forced their way into the premises.
He also said the used shells were in their custody.
“Their boss lied that they did not shoot. We have proofs to show that they did. They even shot several times after they had gained entry, “ he said. (Punchng.com)