The Federal College of Education (FCE) in Yola, Adamawa State yesterday was throw into disarray when some soldiers on patrol shot into the air a few metres from the school, causing a stampede.
Liveschoolnews.com.ng grapevine learnt that Students of the institution and other passers-by scampered to safety. Witnesses said the soldiers were part of the troops drafted to the area to fight insurgents who have been terrorising people of the area. Some of the students said they mistook the gunshots for a Boko Haram attack, considering the recent incident at the FCE Kano which claimed the lives of several students. Some of the frightened students sustained minor injuries as they ran into one another in a frantic attempt to escape.
A student however said he did not panic because he could see the soldiers firing and knew it was not an attack on the school. The public relations officer of the school, Bashir Abdullahi, said the incident was exaggerated. “We heard it was a blast probably from the tyre of a car and many students rushed out to see what was happening but there are no disruptions or pandemonium within the school premises,” he said.
Army spokesman, Captain Jafaru Nuhu could not be reached for comments.
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