Hoodlums invaded the Lagooz Schools on Omotoye Estate, in the OrileAgege area of Lagos State over the weekend and wrecked havoc.
It was alleged that Hausa teenagers, numbering about 100, stormed the school with machetes and other weapons, carting away over N1.5m and other valuable property belonging to the school.
Punch reports that the suspects were said to have attacked the school’s principal and a teacher, identified as Uncle John, during a free-for-all, which lasted for about two hours.
However, the timely intervention of policemen from the Eleredivison, operatives of the Special Anti-robbery Squad and some members of the Oodua People’s Congress, prevented the teenagers from causing further havoc in the school.
A resident said trouble started when the school finished its valedictory service party on Saturday, but the teenagers refused to leave the school premises.
He said, “They were actually relatives of some of the school-leavers. The valedictory service party ended around 5pm, but they refused to leave. A teacher, Uncle John, tried to force them out. One of them abused the teacher and ran away.
“The teacher, who was embarrassed by the abuse, held one of the Hausa teenagers. There was a struggle between them. As the teacher hit the man, he also fought back and held the teacher by the neck, almost strangulating him.
“The principal, who wanted to settle the fight, was held by the tie by one of the intruders and beaten up. The principal’s brother, who wanted to rescue him, was given a fist blow in the eye.”
Three of them were later apprehended by the school; however, those apprehended mobilised more gang members into the school through the telephone.
He said, “Those boys had their phones and they started calling their friends, who trooped into the school with cutlasses and weapons.
“Policemen at the school’s gate prevented them from gaining entrance as they shot into the air. The hoodlums, however, grew in number, which overwhelmed the security agents.