IPOB disrupts WASSCE in Imo


Gunmen believed to be loyal to the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) on Monday stopped students from taking English Language papers in the ongoing West African Senior School Certificate Examination (WASSCE) being written by senior secondary school students at the Comprehensive Secondary School, Nkume in the Njaba Local Government Area of Imo state.

Sources disclosed that the students were preparing to begin the examinations when the attackers came and chased them away.

As the gunmen started shooting, students and teachers, including their supervisors, fled.

An indigene of the community reported that the gunmen also set ablaze some motorcycles belonging to some of the staff and students of the school.

Although there were no reports of casualties, a viral video of the incident showed the students and staff shouting and running for their lives.

The source said, “Gunmen came to the school and chased out the students this morning.

“They started shooting repeatedly and insisted that no examination would be allowed to go on.

“They destroyed some motorcycles and shot continuously until the students and teachers ran away.”

The police spokesperson for the state command, Mike Abattam, is yet to respond to enquiries to comment on the situation.

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This is not the first time gunmen loyal to Nigerian separatist group, IPOB would disrupt an exam.

They have since July instituted a weekly sit-at-home order across the South East to protest the continuous incarceration of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu.

The fear of a situation occured last month while students leading to some students missing the SSCE mathematics paper in another exam conducted by the National Examinations Council (NECO) even as the examination body claimed to be unaware of any such disruptions.

Although, governments have continued to assure the public in the region to go about their daily activities, there have been a few incidents of IPOB militia disrupting public peace during such weekly Monday sit-at-home.

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