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Oyo govt. vows to find, prosecute public school arsonists

The Oyo State Government has vowed to bring to book the perpetrators of an inferno, which razed a block of three classrooms at Cannon Okusehinde Memorial Primary School 1, Aremo, Ibadan.

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Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde

Dr Nureni Adeniran, Executive Chairman, Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), made this known on Tuesday in Ibadan when he visited the school to assess the level of destruction.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the school was set on fire on Monday by some unknown persons.

Frowning at the masterminds of the inferno, Adeniran promised that the state government would investigate the act and fish out all those involved.

He added that anyone found culpable would be made to face the wrath of the law.

“Oyo State government will ensure that this particular incident of arson is investigated and the offenders punished under the law.

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“The present administration will not tolerate or condone any form of vandalism or sabotage, especially on our public schools.

“We will use them as examples for others to learn that arson is a very serious offence, especially when the public school that represents liberation from all forms of backwardness is concerned,” he said.

Adeniran also promised that the government would put in place viable security measures and ensure it put an end to the growing instances of arson, vandalism and destruction of school facilities in the state.

The SUBEB chairman further promised to accommodate the renovation of the burnt classes in the next FGN-UBEC/OYOSUBEB intervention projects.

He, however, directed, with immediate effect, the merging of pupils of the burnt classes with their colleagues in School II, noting that nothing should stall the learning process of the young ones.

Speaking earlier, the Head Teacher of the school, Mrs Sherifat Salam, described the inferno as the height of vandalism on the school property.

According to her, hoodlums had incessantly burgled the school over the past weeks.

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