By Festus Ahon
ASABA—APPREHENSION, yesterday, enveloped Onicha-Ugbo, Aniocha North Local Government Area, Delta State, as irate youths numbering over 100 invaded St. Pius X, Catholic Grammar School, holding the school’s principal, Rev Fr. Anthony Banye, hostage.
The attack made the students to run for safety as the aggrieved youths interred the school premises on a motorcycle and pulled down the parameter fence project being embarked upon by the school.
Freeing the Principal after holding him hostage for hours in his office, the youths who were alleged to have come from a neighbouring Igbodo community, threatened to cause more trouble should the school authority continue with the ongoing parameter fencing.
Speaking to newsmen on the development, Vice President of the school’s Old Boys’ Association, Chief Austine Nwamu, said that N9 million out of the N16 million required for the parameter fencing of the 50 years old school had been wasted.
Nwamu who was flanked by other members, including Sir Awazia Eyimofor, Charles Ogodi and Mr. Ogorchukwu Nwaolor, said, “N16 million was estimated for fencing the school round and provide adequate protection for the students. With this act, N9m has been wasted. We don’t want to engage our neighbouring town in a communal war.”
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