17-year-old student questioned for tear gas detonation
A 17-year-old student who detonated tear gas canister that left several students injured at Community Secondary School, Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, Rivers State has been questioned by the police.
The Rivers State Police Command spokesperson, Nnamdi Omoni, told The Guardian that the student had got to school with the canister on Thursday. According to him, it was while he and others were fiddling with it that it exploded.
The explosion caused panic, prompting several students who were scared to start jumping down from the first floor of the two-storey of the secondary school.
Omoni said the student had allegedly told the police that he picked the canister from the residence of his late uncle who was a police officer.
The police spokesperson dismissed insinuation that the incidence was cult related. He explained that though the student had been granted bail, he was expected this week for further interrogation.
The police said there was no casualty, but several persons suffered fractured hands, legs, injuries and asthmatic patients are in the hospital.
It was however, alleged that SS 3 and SS 2 students had intended to clash that fateful day the tear gas exploded. Sources at Oroworukwo, said the student had brought the tear gas to school as part of the SS2 students arsenal.