A 16-year-old SS2 student of Glory Land High School, Ebonyi Local Government Area, Chukwu Chibuike whose left hand was damaged by suspected Improvised Explosive Device (IED) last week has been amputated following the incident, even as he points accusing finger on one of his classmates as the person who brought the explosive to the class.
This incident which made medical experts at the Alex Ekwueme Federal University Teaching Hospital Abakaliki (AE-FUTHA) to successfully amputate the boy’s hand has made the state government to ban the sale and use of knockout in the state.
During a visit to the hospital on Tuesday, Chibuike who was lying critically at the children’s ward new Medical Complex Federal Teaching Hospital disclosed that the object suspected to be explosives device which exploded in the school and chopped off his hand was brought into the school by his classmate, and also a mobile policeman’s son posted to The State Police Command, called Mogbo Afan.
Recall that there was pandemonium at the Ezugwu area of Ebonyi State last week Thursday when an object suspected to be explosive had exploded in the school, and chopped off the hand of Chibuike and injured other students on their legs.
The incident which occurred around 9:00 o’clock in the morning caused panic in the school forcing the students and teachers to vacate the school before closing hours.
While speaking from his hospital bed, the boy denied that he brought the suspected explosive to the school, contrary to reports earlier published in some quarters of the media.
He disclosed that Mogbo Afan, his classmate, who brought the object to the school, ran away from the school immediately the danger struck.
Chibuike said, “It happened around 9:00 am. One of my classmates, Mogbo brought an object that looked like an electric bulb which had a black color cover. He removed the cover and I was inside the classroom while he was on the step very close to our classroom. When he removed the cover of the object, the object fell from his hand and dropped on the floor.
“I rushed to pick it up to throw it away thinking that it is an ordinary knockout so that it doesn’t explode in the classroom and scare us in the class. So, I picked it and it immediately exploded on my hand and chopped it off like this. I also sustained leg injuries in the explosion.”
“The boy’s father is a mobile policeman. When the incident happened, students scampered for safety and I was taken to one of the teachers in our school. They loosenedd my belt and tied it on my hand. My father was contacted and he came and took me to the hospital.”
“The boy ran away immediately the object exploded and till today, he has not been found. His mother and father have been coming to hospital to see me. They usually cry and plead for forgiveness.”
The father of the victim, Chukwu Nwani, a native of Okposo Okwu, Ohaozara Local Government Area said he was not happy that his son who was complete when he was born, would lose one of his hands as a result of action of a student in his school.
He called for proper investigation on the matter and called for government’s assistance to enable him take adequate medical treatment of the son and offset the medical bills.
Mr. Chukwu said, “My son went to school on Thursday and the so called Mogbo Afan from Cross River State went to school with an explosive and threw it inside the classroom. My son thought it was an ordinary knockout, he used his left hand to throw it outside the window and it exploded and shattered his hand like this.”
“My son has been using two hands but now he will be using one hand. I am not happy about it and I want government to assist me to take care of my son, I also want justice to be done on the matter. The boy who brought the explosive is on the run and he should be brought to book.”
When contacted, the state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Loveth Odah who confirmed the incident said that she was not aware that a son of a policeman attached to the state command brought the explosive to the school.
She said, “Oh, I am not aware of son of a policeman being the one that brought the object that exploded in the school. We only reported an incident that happened in that school and used it as warning to others to avoid experiencing that thing again because that boy has lost his left palm and he cannot regain it again as result of the explosive.”
“But we don’t know that a son of a policeman was the one that brought the object that exploded in the school.
Maybe I will call ‘C’ Division, let me investigate and know if the person is the son of a policeman.”