Ekiti school still shut over juju scare
By Bisi Olaniyi and Sunday Aborisade
The Community Nursery and Primary School, Iworoko-Ekiti, in Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of Ekiti State, shut last Friday over a juju scare, remained closed on Tuesday, over the inability of the school authorities to produce the persons who assaulted the teachers.
This is in spite of the promise made by the Chairman of the Iworoko-Ekiti Development Association, Chief Saliu Fasola, to produce the culprits.
A source at the Ekiti State Universal Basic Education Board, Ado-Ekiti, who preferred anonymity, told our correspondent that the school, the co-host of the University of Ado-Ekiti, would remain shut.
The source added that the decision not to reopen the school, in spite of the pleas by prominent indigenes of the community, was to instil discipline in the people and served as a deterrent to others.
Although some persons were arrested by the police, the main perpetrators were yet to be apprehended.
The Ekiti SUBEB Chairman, Mr. Adedayo Adeyeye, gave the directive to close the school indefinitely since the security of the teachers could no longer be guaranteed.
Adeyeye, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party and an ally of the state Governor, Mr. Segun Oni, said the school would not be reopened until the community produced those who beat the teachers for them to be prosecuted.
A mob assaulted a class teacher, Mrs. Olayinka Falade, and the head teacher, Mrs. Victoria Aladejana, who is also the wife of the current king of Iworoko-Ekiti, Oba Michael Aladejana, and some teachers, over the juju scare.
The assault followed the sudden illness of a Primary 3 pupil, Miss Adijat Bello, who became unconscious last Thursday and was rushed to the Basic Health Centre in the town and treated after a meal of egg.
Meanwhile, the Ekiti Forum has supported the decision of the state government to close down the school.
The Vice-Chairman of the socio-cultural group based in Ibadan, Mr. Adewale Martins, told journalists in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Tuesday that the closure would enable the government to investigate the allegation.