Armed Policemen Seal Providence School in Enugu; Detain Over 344 Female Students and Staff Inside the School Premise
Providence High School’s Entrance (Image credit: Facebook)
Officials of Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) has ordered the seal of Providence High School in Independent Layout, Enugu, detaining over 344 female students and the Staff inside the school premises. Fully armed Security men in their large number condoned the school premise to prevent any movement in and out of the school.
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According to Vanguard reporter, Chinedu Adonu; reported that the AMCON personnel invaded the school premises and reportedly took possession of the institution and barred all the staff and students from exiting the school.
“The policemen who blocked all entrances to the school were reported to have told sympathizers who had gathered there that the property had been used as collateral for a bank loan.
Vanguard learned that the AMCON officials led by Barr, Nick Omeye had around 1:40 pm stormed the girls’ boarding school with a team of over 40 armed policemen and left shortly afterward. They later returned around 5.30 pm in a Gestapo style and allegedly sealed up the school gates with students and staff inside”. He further said.
But an eyewitness who pleaded anonymity said he overheard the Barrister who led AMCON officials while locking the school gate, repeatedly saying that AMCON has come to claim the school over defaulted loan payment by the owner of the property. It was alleged that the first owner of the school premise, Late Ferdinand Anaghara had an unsettled loan with the bank before his death. He donated the property to the proprietor of the school under a special arrangement.
The late Ferdinand Anaghara has reportedly used the school property as a bank loan collateral.
But the school proprietor, Mrs. Elizabeth Onwuagha, denied knowledge of any pending loan case between late Chief Anaghara and AMCON or any bank whatsoever when she acquired the property in 1997, with just two uncompleted buildings within.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Onwuagha has been raising alarm over the safety of the schoolgirls who were detained in the school hostels and the Staff. She alleged that an armed policeman manhandled a Male staff who tried to ask questions on why they were invading the school with guns. She also expressed fear over the safety and security of her over 344 female students who were said to be taking their internal exams.
“My greatest fear is the safety of my students who are currently traumatized. Many of them have never seen a gun, and now you have over 40 heavily armed security men storming this premises as if they want a repeat of what happened in Katsina state recently”. Mrs. Onwuagha said.
The Proprietress of Providence High School, Enugu is therefore appealing to the Enugu state government to intervene and call AMCON to order and as well ensure the safety and security of the students, stressing that the school had produced notable personalities including former Miss Nigeria.
As of press time, Providence High School is still under lock ad key while heavy security men condone the school premise. Negotiations are still ongoing between the school owners and AMCON.
News Credit: Vanguard News Nigeria