Robbers yesterday invaded the All Saints Secondary School, Aba, Abia State and dispossessed students sitting for their Senior School Certificate Examinations (SSCE) of their cash, handsets, clothing and food items.
It was learnt that the hoodlums gained entry into the school premises in the wee hours and broke into the hostel where they beat up students and forcibly took their valuables. Some of the students, who escaped from the hoodlums’ attack, alerted the Mobile policemen stationed at Opobo junction, Ogbor Hill, but the robbers were said to have fled before the arrival of the policemen.
“It was like the robbers got entry through the back gate of the school about 2a.m. and broke in to the hostel. They beat us up and collected our money, handsets, clothing and food items. Most of us sustained injuries from the attack. Some female students were molested.
We are calling on the school authorities to liaise with the police to beef up security in the school,” some students said. A source said that the police had arrested two of the robbers, including a student sitting for the SSCE at the school who was found with some of the stolen items. When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Geoffrey Ogbonna, said he was not aware of the incident.
However, a senior police officer in Aba, who pleaded anonymity, confirmed the incident. He said some suspects were asked to report to the police at the end of the SSCE.