The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has said it will henceforth deploy its special surveillance unit to schools following the death of a student who was stabbed by his classmate.
It was reported that, A Senior Secondary School 3 student, Samuel Effiong Archibong, of Aka Community Secondary, Uyo,stabbed his classmate, 18-year-old James Elija Adoke, to death on Thursday.
It was said that the deceased was stabbed to death following a misunderstanding with Archibong, alleged to be a cultist.
Following the incident which created pandemonium in the school, the State government closed down the school.
Reacting to the incident, the Commissioner of Police in the state, Andrew Amiengheme, who condemned the act, said henceforth, surveillance teams will be kept in schools known for incidences of violence and fights.
Amiengheme stated that incidences of violence and fights after school hours would have been worse if the police command had not stationed patrol teams to some secondary schools to ensure that students can go home safely after closing hours.
In a press statement made available to journalists on Saturday in Uyo, the Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko Macdon, stated that schools are supposed to be secured and habitable centres of excellence and knowledge acquisition.
“It is again regrettable, that on 10/03/2022, a student of Aka Community Secondary, one Samuel Effiong Achibong, stabbed his mate, 18 years old James Elija Adoke to death.
“This is not the first time we have witnessed an act of this nature and is totally unacceptable.
“The Commissioner of Police, Andrew Amiengheme (fdc), is miffed and has condemned the barbaric act.
“That as a Command, we have to send patrol teams to some secondary schools after closing hours to ensure that students can go home safely, else a fight may ensue is not only painful but condemnable,” the CP stated.
The Commissioner of Police called on parents to instil family values in their children, and school authorities to quickly and discreetly report students suspected to have traits of cultism and misdemeanour.
He said its special surveillance units would henceforth check excesses of students, with the aim to check untoward activities and attitudes before they escalate.
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