The last few months have seen the Department of State Services crop into public consciousness increasingly for controversial activities. On Thursday, operatives of the DSS stormed the premises of FGGC Calabar, beating up some teachers.
According to The Punch, armed security officials stormed the school premises at about 10am on the invitation of a female DSS official who had come to beat up a teacher for flogging her daughter.
A teacher, Mr . Owai Owai, said he was flogged in front of his pupils by the DSS woman and her husband.
Owai, who teaches Civic Education in the senior class, said it all began when he flogged some pupils for failing to sweep their classroom.
“I was about to teach when I noticed some junior pupils sweeping the classroom of the senior pupils. I learnt that the senior pupils had imposed it on them. It was a wrong precedent because all the pupils had been told to sweep their respective classes.”
“I punished the senior pupils who ordered the junior ones to sweep. I gave each of them two strokes of the cane on their palm and one of them challenged me for flogging her. Before I knew what was happening, she telephoned her mother, whom I later learnt was a DSS official.”
The mother came to the school with her husband and they started beating me. Five other teachers claim to have been beaten up by the operatives.
“They used my own cane to flog me in the presence of the pupils. My fellow teachers came in to stop them, but they were rebuffed. Later, the DSS woman called her colleagues for reinforcement and that was how the school became flooded with DSS officials. They started beating teachers who ran into them.”
Another teacher, Amos Princewill, said the DSS officials took away two mobile phones, a binocular and N 80, 000 belonging to his colleagues who were molested.
The State Director of DSS, Mr . Fubara Duke made efforts to play down the episode saying:
“It was not true that they used guns. What happened was that there was a mistaken identity somewhere. Our people responded to a call from them and on getting there, a group of hoodlums that had earlier gone there took to their heels.”