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344 Female Students, Staff Locked Inside School Premises By AMCON Officials Over Debt As Management Seeks Government’s Intervention

344 Female Students, Staff Locked Inside School Premises By AMCON Officials Over Debt As Management Seeks Government’s Intervention


The 344 female students and staff of Providence High School, Independence layout, Enugu who were locked up in the school’s premises by officials of Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria, AMCON, are yet to get help



According to Everyday News Nigeria reports that as at January 24, help is yet to come the way of the students



TheNigeriaLawyer recalls that no fewer than three hundred students of the school were on Thursday afternoon locked up inside their school premises as officials of the Assets Management Corporation of Nigeria (AMCON) took possession of the institution on order of the court.



The students who were writing their school certificate examinations had retired to their hostels after school hours when officials of the Corporation arrived the premises with heavily armed policemen to enforce the court order said to have been obtained since 2016.



It was gathered that the school facility was used to obtain some loans by the original owner.


344 Female Students, Staff Locked Inside School Premises By AMCON Officials Over Debt As Management Seeks Government’s Intervention



The management of the school acquired the property from one Ferdinald Anaghara in 1997 and had been paying rent since then. Anaghara was said to have died several years ago.



It was further gathered that when they acquired the property which then housed only two buildings, they were not told that there was a loan which was tied to it as collateral.



They only got wind of the development in 2016 when AMCON officials had come to execute an interlucotory court order empowering it to take possession of the school facility. Several interventions were made then that prevented the execution of the order.



Proprietress of the school, Chief Mrs Elizabeth Onwuagha, has however raised an alarm over the safety and security of her over 300 students who are still taking their school certificate exams.



She said that her greatest fear was that the “over 30 heavily armed security men who stormed the premises could turn out to be kidnappers”, stressing that she would not want a repeat of what happened in Katsina state.



According to Onwuagha, she was not aware that the original owner of the property who died in 2007 used it to obtain a loan.



”The original owner gave us photocopies of the documents of this place. As at that time, there were two uncompleted buildings and he gave it to us on the condition that we will complete them and use this place specifically for education. We have been paying rent. Since we took over this place, we have built six more buildings and expanded this place which was a bush when we occupied it.



“My greatest headache is that some of the students came from outside Enugu state and their parents are not here”, the Proprietress said.



She appealed to the Enugu state government to intervene and ensure safety and security of the students, stressing that the school had produced notable personalities including former Miss Nigeria.


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