By: Itodo Daniel Sule
Student of Federal Government Girls College (FGGC), Jalingo, Taraba State, who was on Monday caught with grenades in her bag, yesterday, claimed ignorance of the items in her possession.
Blessing Ella, a 16-year-old SS 1 student, told newsmen at the Taraba police command headquarters that the explosive devices must have been smuggled into her bag at the motor park by unknown persons.
She said she and her father, a retired policeman, boarded a taxi from a motor park in Numan enroute Jalingo on Monday and upon reaching Mararaban Zing area of Taraba, the vehicle stopped and four men alighted.
Blessing claimed that when her father decided to check her bags later he discovered that one of the bags carrying her garri was unzipped.
“My father then zipped it up and came back inside the car to ask whether I was the one that opened it and I said no”, she said.
She said it was when they got to the school gate that the security men that searched her bag discovered the devices on the garri and began to interrogate her.
On why her father followed her to the school, Blessing explained it was to facilitate her change of course from science to arts department.
Blessing said she was formerly a student of Todi Christian Academy in Numan, Adamawa State, where she had her junior secondary education, adding that she only secured admission into FGGC Jalingo in September last year.
Efforts to speak with the principal of FGGC Jalingo, Mrs Enonuya, proved abortive as she was not willing to talk to the press on the matter.
Chief Security Officer of the school, Mr Anyigbo Ade, ordered journalists to leave the school premises, saying they must secure permission from the federal ministry of education before they could get any information from the school.
SOURCE: DAILY TRUST