Schools were momentarily shut down in Orlu, Imo State, early in the week following the alleged infiltration of the area by kidnappers and child abductors.
Panic set in when there was a reported attack on St. Peter’s Primary School, Amaike, where gunmen had forced their way into the school compound.
Sources, however, said that on sighting the gunmen, the children raised alarm and took to their heels, thereby botching any evil plans they might have harboured.
Parents who heard the news rushed to the schools to collect their children and ensure their safety.
This happened barely one week after ritualists were said to have slaughtered four children of the same parents who had been sent to school in the morning through a cyclist.
According to sources, few hours into the day, the mother of the children got a call from a teacher in the school, asking why the children were not in school.
Alarmed, the woman rushed to the home of the cyclist who usually conveys the children to school and met him packing his things frantically, apparently in a bid to abscond.
At this juncture, the police were called in and, according to reports, the headless corpses of the children were found in a nearby bush later.
Tuesday’s scare forced many schools in the area to become security conscious while others shut down for the week.
One of the parents said that she had taken his child to school on Wednesday morning but was told that the school would not be in session until tomorrow, Monday.
Authorities of the school had taken the step to watch the situation.
The parent called for adequate security for schools in Orlu and other rural places where the ritualists and kidnappers are likely to operate unhindered.