The Shalom Nursery and Primary School, Damaturu in Yobe State owned by the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) has been razed by a strange fire.
The Nation gathered the fire started from the primary block of the school, burning the books, desks and the entire block to ashes.
The Head Teacher of the school, Mrs. Kemi Bature, said the staff and management of the school are confused and still cannot determine the cause of the fire.
She said the school uses a prepaid electrical billing system and always put off the entire electrical system in the school at close of classes and during holidays.
She explained the fire has caused serious damage to the entire class block, the children’s books and other records, adding the losses run into millions.
Mrs. Bature also informed the fire was detected by some of the neighbors, who alerted a teacher before they contacted the state firefighting department.
Our correspondent gathered that police explosive detectives have visited the school to comb the area for any possible explosive or a strange inflammable item that might have ignited the fire.
Also speaking on the incident, the Pastor in Charge of Yobe Province of the RCCG, Pastor David Ipinmoroti said the fire incident was not ordinary.
He said based on strange occurrence that recently happened at the school, they believed that the school might have been torched by some forces.
He said, “On Tuesday 20th April 2021, we were called by one of our members that a woman coordinator of an Islamic school had taken some Almajiri children to our uncompleted property at Sabon-Pegi area of Damaturu, Yobe State; she was sweeping the floor when we got there, and immediately we challenged her, she hurriedly left the scene with the Almajiri children numbering over 20.
“We went to meet her in her school; she told us that one retired policeman asked her to possess the place.”
“That same day we wrote a complaint letter to the Commissioner of Police, Yobe State. Four days after,the CP called us with the woman and the policeman, who was a former Divisional Police Officer. begged us to forgive them for trespassing into our property.”
The pastor said the school that got burnt and the other school the woman trespassed was about 500 metres apart.
He added, “The police and the DSS gave us assurance that they will continue their investigation and will let us know if there is anything to do.”