Police Trail Asaba-Based Businessman

Over Demolition Of Govt School
THE police in Delta are now on the man hunt for an Asaba-based businessman, who allegedly ordered the demolition of a public primary school in Okpanam, near Asaba, on Saturday.
The man said to be a hotel owner and school proprietor in Asaba, allegedly sent some persons with a bulldozer to demolish New Era Primary School, Ogboami, Obodogwugwu community, . He was said to have claimed that the land on which the school was built by the state government belonged to him.

Our correspondent reports that the school was completely destroyed, including the furniture.
Eyewitnesses told newsmen that the persons, who carried out the act, were escorted by a police patrol vehicle, marked “022”, and loaded with armed policemen. They said that the policemen remained at the scene while the demolition lasted.
“And they warned us and other people who attempted to salvage some items from the school to stay away,” witnesses said.
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr Charles Muka, said that the man had gone into hiding but pledged that he would be apprehended. He also said that detectives were on the trail of the agents who carried out the demolition and the policemen allegedly involved in the action.
“We have swung into action and everybody involved in the act, including the policemen, will be apprehended,’’ Muka said.
Inspecting the demolished school, on Monday, the Commissioner for Basic and Secondary Education, Prof. Patrick Muoboghare, described the act as “terrorism”. “If a man can do this, completely bringing down a public school where children are being taught to be useful to the society, then he is a terrorist and must be treated as such,” the commissioner said He also condemned the alleged involvement of policemen in the action.
Muoboghare urged the police to ensure that everyone directly or remotely involved in the act was arrested and said the government would get to the root of the matter.
Addressing the pupils of the school, the commissioner said that it was “a temporary setback”. He asked them to go home and return on Tuesday to resume normal school work.
“Today, we shall clear an area here in this school premises and erect enough canopies and bring some chairs to join the ones salvaged by some brave neighbours here who dared the hoodlums and their police cohorts.
“Children, you must come back to resume school tomorrow (Tuesday). No man, including the one that destroyed the school, has the right to deny you education. “You will learn under canopies in the meantime and when you will return from your next holidays, you will see a new school being constructed for you,” he said.
He also announced that all books, especially those owned by the pupils which were part of the ruins of the demolition, would be replaced by the government and directed the headmistress of the schools, Mrs Theresa Oduh, to compile the list.