One feared dead, others injured as Jangebe reunion turns bloody

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The reunion of the 279 schoolgirls of Government Secondary School Jangebe with their families turned bloody yesterday.

It was learnt that at least one person died and other injured when a mob invaded the school premises during the reunion.

Three people were said to be shot but one of the victim was confirmed dead while the other two were seriously injured.

The incident occurred when locals took up stones and other weapons expressing outrage over the long speeches being delivered by government officials.

This happened after the parents had waited for several hours before the government officials arrived from Gusau, the state capital, with the students.

The situation, it was gathered, went out of hand when the government officials started making long speeches instead of handing over the students to their parents.

“When the parents became tired of the long speeches, they went inside by force to take their children home. The approach adopted by security agents to restrain the parents angered the youths, who started throwing stones, smashing windscreens and attacking people with weapons,” a journalistat the venue for the reunion said.

The commissioner for education in the state, Ibrahim Abdullahi, was said to have fled the scene immediately the chaos started.

The mob also reportedly attacked vehicles conveying journalists.

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