CAMPUS SIGNAL | Okposi Education Initiative Mourns Two Dead FGC Students
The Okposi Education Initiative has described as shocking, news of the death of two students of the Federal Government College, Tochukwu Eneh and Chukwuemeka Ugwu. The students were earlier declared missing but their decomposing death bodies were reportedly discovered at a bamboo groove in Ata River near the school on 22nd May, 2016.
Read below, the full statement signed by Dr. Laz Ude Eze.
WE MOURN THE DEATH OF TWO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT OKPOSI STUDENTS
The Okposi Education Initiative received the news of the death of two students of the Federal Government College, Tochukwu Eneh and Chukwuemeka Ugwu with rude shock. The students were earlier declared missing but their decomposing death bodies were reportedly discovered at a bamboo groove in Ata River near the school on 22nd May, 2016.
We are extremely pained by this tragedy because nothing of this nature has ever occurred in Okposi. When the news of the missing students broke, Ndi Okposi rose unanimously to express sadness and were actively involved in an intensive search until their lifeless bodies were discovered. The community considers the ugly development an abomination and desecration of the land; consequently, all economic and farming activities were suspended on Wednesday, 25th May, as the people gathered at the Eke Market Square and placed curses on any person(s) connected to the death of these students. Okposi elites resident in Abuja also responded swiftly and in like manner.
While we await the report of the police on the cause of their death, we wish to state as follows;
- That Okposi Education Initiative commends the leaders of our community for their swift response and actions taken so far.
- We enjoin all members of Okposi community to continue to cooperate with the security agencies as they work to unravel the circumstances that led to the unfortunate death of the students.
- We call on the Government of Ebonyi State to take urgent and decisive actions to stop the proliferation of cult groups and end the recruitment of students into cultism as has been reported in our community and other parts of the state particularly in recent times.
- We appreciate the support of the Unity Schools Old Students Association (USOSA) and well-meaning Nigerians to FGC Okposi and the Okposi community at this difficult time.
- We pledge to work with the authorities of FGC Okposi, leaders of our community and government authorities to prevent recurrence of this tragedy in future.
- We demand that government makes our schools safer everywhere in Nigeria.
- Our hearts and thoughts are with the families, friends and schoolmates of the deceased.
The Okposi people are very united in mourning these students and praying for their families.
Dr Laz Ude Eze
Chairman, Okposi Education Initiative
[email protected]; @donlaz4u
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