Teachers protest after a student’s father kills a colleague for beating his son

Following the tragic death of a teacher at a Delta State secondary school, the Association of Teachers in the local government areas of secondary schools located in Ika South and Ika North East have peacefully protested against the death of their colleague Onyeisi Sunday Ufah, who was purportedly flogged to death by a parent.

The student’s father, Nweke Nnajiofor, who is believed to have killed the teacher, Ufah, by flogging, is actually an Enugu State butcher.

He was a teacher at Alihame Mixed Secondary School in Alihame, Agbor, before Ufah passed away.

The teacher tragically met his untimely death at the school compound on Wednesday, October 18, 2023, when the accused—who is presently detained by the police—attacked the school to avenge his son, a student who had climbed the fence to enter and consume some palm wine that had been stolen from an elderly man nearby.

The teachers organised a protest march through Agbor City, demanding justice for the deceased teacher and state government protection from disobedient children and their parents who frequently harass them.

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The NUT chairman for Ika South, Comrade Isaac Arimokwu, addressed reporters during the protest and conveyed the anger of his members over their colleague Ufah’s premature passing and early burial.

Arimokwu, who called the late Ufah a devoted member of the NUT and one of the best physics teachers in the area, pleaded with the government to bring justice to his family.

Comrade Matthew Chima Anyia, often known as Chimex, the publicity secretary for the Ika South NUT, declared that “cases of attacks against teachers have gone roof top with the death of Ufah.”

Sheriff Oborevwori, the governor of Delta State, has denounced Ufah’s murder in the meantime.

He cautioned parents and guardians from pursuing unlawful measures against educators who reprimand their misbehaving children and wards, stressing that such delinquent behavior is still unacceptable in all state schools.

As a state government, we frown seriously at parents going to bully teachers for genuinely meting out disciplinary measures against students for bad behaviour such as is alleged in the extant case.

“I have directed the state police command to investigate the case properly and bring the perpetrators to book,” Oborevwori said.

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