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Friday, 29 May 2015

INTERESTING: Gunmen kidnap teacher, injure three pupils in Benin State

There was pandemonium at the Uselu Secondary School, Benin, Edo State, on Thursday when some armed men stormed the school premises and abducted a teacher, Iguodala Chosen.

It was gathered that the gunmen had arrived at the school, located in the Egor Local Government Area of the state, in a vehicle at about 12.05pm and shot sporadically into the air, causing pupils and other teachers to scamper for safety.

It was learnt that they forced the teacher into their vehicle, after stabbing three pupils, who tried to prevent the men from abducting their teacher.

Newsmen reported that the affected students, who sustained cuts in the chest, head and arm, were later rushed to an undisclosed hospital.

The students were, however, thrown into wild jubilation when the abducted teacher was seen entering the premises, when our correspondent arrived at the school at about 2pm.

The teacher said gunmen had told him that he was abducted because of a fight between two students in the school, but was later released by the leader of the group.

He said, “One of them said he was a soldier, so I simply followed him. Then they started hitting me.

“When I asked them what I had done wrong, they said it was because of the fight between two students.

“I told them that the Principal had intervened in the issue. Then they took me to the National Youth Council office at Slope.

But their chairman pleaded with me not to be annoyed over how I was beaten and later released me.”

Efforts to reach the Edo State Police Command to comment on the matter were unsuccessful.

The Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Stephen Onwochei, told our correspondent in a text message that he was in a meeting. He, however, had yet to reply to a text message sent to his telephone at the time of filing this report.

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