Tension as suspected cultists give principal 24-hour ultimatum to recall suspected members in Akwa Ibom

Suspected cultists have issued a 24-hour ultimatum to the principal of Uyo High School, Mr. Michael Iwok, for him to immediately recall their suspended members back to school or face dire consequences.

As a warning, some fetish objects such as fresh pepper, palm oil droplets, peeled cooked egg, palm front, a piece of red cloth, tied rope and N10 naira note were dropped at the entrance of the principal’s office on Thursday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital.

Similar items and several inscriptions, believed to have been dropped by suspected cultists, were also seen at the entrance to Senior Secondary 3 classes.

In a bid to avoid any form of onslaught, the state government has ordered the immediate closure of the school.

Chairman Akwa Ibom state Secondary Education Board (SSEB), Dr. Ekaette Ebong Okon, announced the closure of the school in Uyo on Thursday.

Blueprint gathered that trouble started when some students suspected to be cultists were recently suspended by the school authority.

Also, aggrieved are some senior secondary two students who could not meet up with the school requirements to be promoted into senior secondary three.

Investigations revealed that on several occasions, these two sets of students were responsible for the mayhem in the school.

The Police Public Relations Officer, SP Odiko MacDon, when contacted on the matter said the closure of the school over threats by suspected cultists has nothing to do with the police.