By Amaechi Okonkwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers police state command says it has questioned a 17-year-old student who came to school with the tear gas canister that exploded and caused stampede at Community Secondary School, Oroworukwo, Port Harcourt, last Thursday.
Several students of the school were reportedly injured when a canister of tear gas smuggled into the classroom exploded during official school hours, causing panic and stampede in the school. Some of the students, who were almost choked by the smoke from the canister, were seen in a video clip that has gone viral, jumping from the first floor of two-storey building housing the secondary school.
Nnamdi Omoni, public relations officer of the Rivers state police command, told Orient Daily that the student had got to school with the canister on Thursday saying it exploded while he and others were fiddling with it.
Omoni disclosed that the student, during questioning, that he picked the canister from the residence of his late uncle who was a police officer.
He, however, dismissed speculation that the incident was a prelude to a cult clash in the school. He explained that though the student had been granted bail, he would undergo further interrogation.
Omoni said there was no casualty although several persons suffered fractured hands, legs, injuries and that asthmatic patients were in the hospital.