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IN YABA: Exclusive: 20 students collapse as gym instructor releases tear gas during students’ week

There was chaos in the Federal College of Education (Technical) in Akoka, Yaba, Lagos Mainland, in the early hours of Friday, June 22, 2018, following a tear gas incident that left about 20 students of the institution battling for their lives.

InsideMainland gathered exclusively that the students of the institution were celebrating the final lap of the usual semester end students’ week at the school auditorium when tragedy struck in the school.

It was learnt that during the event, a gym instructor identified simply as Chike, who operates from the school hall fired a tear gas at about 2:30 am in a bid to eject the students from the hall for its personal use later in the day.

The development led to the collapse of about 20 students who were in the enclosed hall leading to a frantic effort to resuscitate them while others scampered for safety.

A student of the institution who craved anonymity told InsideMainland that: “The whole thing happened so fast. Many students were in the hall where the event was holding when we started perceiving a foul smell. It was after a few seconds that it dawned on us that it was tear gas that was fired inside the hall when people started coughing and calling for help.

“Few people were lucky to escape because they were close to the exit and some around the windows where a bit of fresh air escaped into the hall. Some students numbering about twenty collapsed in the process and were immediately rushed to hospital for medical care.”

As a result of the effect of the tear gas on the students, it was gathered that some of the students were rushed to the UNILAG medical centre, John Kenny hospital and the FCE school clinic for urgent medical attention. This was after the nurses and caregivers attached to the school clinic had a filled day in bringing some of the affected students back to normal.

However, the development led to uneasiness in the school community as the students pounced on the gym instructor beating him to a pulp. The chaos continued till around 4:00 am with the entire school thrown into apprehension, InsideMainland gathered.

Commenting on this, the source said “some of the angry students held him and insisted that he be held responsible for his actions. We were shocked at how he got a tear gas and fired it without thinking of the implication on the lives of people in the hall.”

“He was beaten mercilessly by the students who were didn’t care if he lost his life in the process. No one could explain why he fired the tear gas or where he got it from,” the source added.

InsideMainland gathered the school management immediately made a distress call to the Sabo Police Division, Yaba, Lagos Mainland, where officers were swiftly mobilized to restore normalcy to the school community. The intervention of the Police saved the suspect who was subsequently arrested and taken into custody by the Police team.

Meanwhile, it was learnt that the suspect has a history of terrorizing the students of the institution since he first stepped foot into the premises. “He was recently brought back to operate the gym after he was chased away by the school management due to complaints from the students,” a source told InsideMainland.

Efforts to get the school management for comments proved abortive as at press time.

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