Some teachers at the Federal Government Girls’ College, FGGC, Calabar, yesterday, got the beating of their lives when men, suspected to be officials of Department of State Service, DSS, stormed the school because a student was flogged.

The said student, who is in senior secondary class, reportedly took some junior students to sweep her class, an act that did not go down well with a teacher, Mr. Owai Owai, who decided to punish the entire senior students of the class for flouting his instructions not to force junior students to sweep their class.
Mr. Owai, the Civic Education Teacher, said: “One of the students, grabbed the collar of my shirt, which prompted me to flog her more But she went outside and made a phone call to her mother, who is said to be a DSS official.

I was in the SS 2 class, teaching, when a woman and a man walked in, wrestled the cane I was holding from me and began to flog me in front of the students. When some of my colleagues rushed to rescue me, they were also attacked.”

The woman called for reinforcement and soon, 3 vans drove into the school compound to beat up teachers. The men shot open the lock on the gate and drove out.

However, Fubara Duke, the State Director of DSS, said the incident was a case of mistaken identity, explaining that on Wednesday some hoodlums went to the school to beat up a teacher who flogged one of the students, but did not see the teacher, so they returned the following morning.

Duke added that when the teachers saw the DSS operative, they thought she was one of the hoodlums who went there to beat up a teacher on Wednesday and pounced on her, beat her up and tore her clothes.

Duke said: “My men only went there on the invitation of the school authorities, to sort out an issue, where the DSS operative’s daughter was beaten by a teacher, leaving her body with lacerations.” He said he has asked the school administration to fish out the teachers who attacked the DSS lady to face the appropriate punishment.

Photo credit: Baba Isa

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