The Rivers State Government has rejected a statement issued by the Nigerian Police on the detonation of teargas canister by two students at the Community Secondary School Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt.
Report revealed that the Ministry of Education had set up a committee to investigate the release of teargas at the school.
According to reports, two students of the school, Nicodemus Nkaparo and Darlington Sylvanus, were accused of detonating a teargas canister in the school, which caused chaos and panic within the premisis of the school.
It was also revealed that several students got injured while trying to escape by jumping from the first and second floors of the school’s three-storey building.
David Briggs, Chairman of the Rivers State Senior Secondary Schools Board (RSSSSB), who spoke about the incident yesterday during an impact assessment visit to the school, accused the Police Command of the state of not carrying out property investigation and profiling of the parents and relatives of the two students involved in the act.
“Worst scenario is that the Police has reacted and we appreciate their reaction. But, their reaction is a very exonerating reaction. And this is very bad in Nigerian Police.
“It is sad in the sense most often, the statement of the police is exonarating, not to state where they are culpable. They were sent to the police by the Principal and they were set free because they are minors.
“But, they never bothered to do profiling of the parents of the students; profiling of elder brothers was never done. Profiling of their contacts was never done. Going through their phones was not done.
“They issued statements even without investigation. This is the bad aspect of it but I am not saying that they have not done anything,” he stated.
Briggs, however, stated that the committee will find out the immediate cause of the incident as well look for solutions and take measures on those found culpable.