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PDP national vice chair denies assault on British school

BY EMMANUEL AZIKEN
The deputy national vice-chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, has denied reports that he visited violence on an international secondary school in Abuja.

In his reaction to the reports, Metuh regretted the intrusion of political malice to an otherwise personal matter relating to his family.

While denying the reports that he visited violence on the British Nigerian Academy, Metuh said yesterday that his service as a trustee of the school and the model behavior of his children weakened the negative reports.

In a statement issued on his behalf by his Special Assistant, Mr. Emeka Onyia, explained that he only recently withdrew his children from the school for personal reasons.

According to him the controversy arose when his son visited his old school on the school’s visitation day on 19th February, 2011 while returning from his new school. He said that it was while he was there that the son’s telephone was confiscated and all entreaties by the son and the mother to retrieve the phone failed prompting the call to him. He said that he responded to the distress call in the company of only an aide contrary to the reports that he flooded the school with several aides.

The statement said: “Chief Metuh’s immediate reaction was to call the proprietress of the school to lodge a complaint and to seek her intervention in the matter. Unfortunately after about 30 minutes the situation remained the same, Chief Metuh then decided to visit the School in the company of one of his aides.”

“Chief Metuh argued that the best the school could do was to return the phone and ask his son to leave the school’s premises if he was not wanted there as a former student. Unfortunately the staff of the school remained adamant even in the face of superior logic.”

“It was clear that the staff’s posture was informed by the bitterness the School felt from the withdrawal of Chief Metuh’s children from the School. The matter was eventually resolved and the phone was returned.

“At no point was anybody assaulted physically. It is only in the imagination of the sponsors of the attacks that someone was assaulted. Chief Metuh is a Lawyer of more than 20 years post call experience. He is a law abiding Citizen who has utmost respect for the law and law enforcement agencies,” Onyia said.


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