28th May, 2010
The harmonious relationship between students of Government College and Command Secondary School both in Makurdi, Benue State, Nigeria, was shattered recently, following a violent clash between students of the two post-primary schools.
At least 15 students were reportedly injured during the clash which lasted for more than four hours before it was brought under control by the state security agents and the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, Dr. Audu Achigili.
P.M.NEWS gathered that trouble started between students of the schools, who have been sharing the same premises for three years without rancour, when some students of Command Secondary School manhandled some students of Government Secondary School, who had scaled the school fence to enter the school premises on their return from an outing at night.
The Command students were said to have apprehended one of the Government Secondary School students and beat him almost to a state of coma, while his school mates scampered for safety and later returned for a revenge attack.
As a result of the violent clash, which turned the once quiet post-primary schools into a theatre of war, at 15 students were seriously injured including the commandant and the administrative officer of Command Secondary School, while property worth millions of naira were destroyed.
P.M.NEWS gathered that those injured are now receiving treatment at the Federal Medical Centre, Makurdi and those that fainted as a result of police teargas were revived by a rescue team.
According to the source, some of theÂ property destroyed at Government College Makurdi include the administrative block, staff room, documents and windows of some classroom blocks.
At the Command Secondary School, the administrative block, account office, set of computers, air conditioners, electric gadgets, documents and windows ofÂ some classrooms among others were also damaged.
Commenting on the incident, the State Education Commissioner, Hon. Benjamin Ashaver, expressed shock over the incident and directed the immediate closure of the two schools to avoid further violence.
To avoid similar crisis in the future, Ashaver said the state government was making efforts to ensure quick relocation of Command Secondary School to its permanent site and enjoined the management of the two schools to guide and control their students when the schools reopen.
â€”Ubong George /Makurdi