Over 40 ‘Omo Onile’ invade private school in Ipaja, displace students
The hoodlums came on Saturday, January 28, 2023, and damaged the fence and railings to gain access into the compound forcing boarding students to vacate, after which they brought in sand, and blocks and started digging and erecting structures on the school field. After which they erected a small gate and locked it.
NO fewer than 40 hoodlums invaded a private school, Shalom Group of Schools in Baruwa, Ipaja in the Ayobo-Ipaja LCDA of the Alimosho LG Area, and displaced students and teachers.
According to media reports, the students and management of the school could not gain access to the premises as the main entrance gate had been blocked by the land grabbers, popularly referred to as Omo Onile. The proprietress of the school, Mrs Adedayo Odeka said that the hoodlums were allegedly led by an Omo Onile popularly known as Kaka.
Odeka said that the land was allocated to them by the Federal Government in 1992 and a school was built on it.
The security guard, Mr Micheal Yakubu, alleged that over 40 hoodlums, who were led by the Kaka group invaded the school around 6:00 am on Saturday, January 28, 2023.
“They broke the wall, removed the two main gates to gain access, claiming that the land belonged to them. They brought in sand, blocks and started digging and erecting structure on the school field. After erecting the structure beyond nine coaches, they blocked the two entrances with blocks, put a small gate and locked it,” he narrated.
A teacher, Mrs Ifeoma Abah, said that the land grabbers, who stormed the school on Saturday chased the students out of the hostel.
Meanwhile, pictures have gone viral showing the pupils protesting the closure of their school, as many were left stranded at the gate.