“We the teachers are even scared because we do not know his motive. He buried the eggs where thechildren normally go to play. We do not know whether it could be a threat to the lives of the pupils or it would have effect on their wellbeing. Up till now if I say I am happy, it is not true. I am truly worried. To encourage the children to come to school, some of us brave the odds and come to school. Since the incident, we do gather the few pupils who still come to school to pray for our safety. I have been encouraging them to believe in the living God and not the type of god people like Sheriff believe in. I do tell them that our God would not allow evil things to happen to us. So they should not be afraid.”
“When we asked him to drink one of the eggs if they are not harmful, he refused to do so. If they have nothing to do with anybody he could have buried them in his house and if not his house, by the stream behind the school where people rarely visit or by the hills behind the school but not in the school premises. I do not know why he chose this school. There are other private schools around here but he chose to come here. Is it because it is mainly patronized by the poor?”
Comrade Marta, who is the state treasurer of the the Plateau State chapter of the Nigerian Union ofTeachers, said the mob was ready to lynch the man. Some were even throwing stones and other objects at him. But on getting to Mai Angwa he took the suspect in and prevented them from killing him. The people were very angry because they said the man could as well have planted a bomb in the school premises without them knowing, given what is happening in some parts of the country now.
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“He was taken to the school where he dug out 21 eggs in one of the holes. We did not see the second hole until the following day when one of our teachers was checking around. After putting the eggs in the holes, he had used dry grass to cover them up. Actually the teacher had used her foot to remove the dry grass when one egg popped out. Three other eggs were discovered in that hole. This is why everyone is afraid. If we had not discovered the other hole, nobody would know it was there. Now we do not know whether there are other eggs buried in other spots yet to be discovered. This is why everyone is afraid.
“When the man was questioned even while being taken to Mai Angwa, he wanted to confess but his mother who came to the scene did not allow him to talk. She was busy shielding him. Even when the villagers were throwing objects at him, she was using her body to parry them. At a point, her wrapper loosened from her waist without her knowing. When Charles was finally taken into the custody of Mai Angwa, he confessed that he did it to gain favour from man and from God because he was unemployed.
He said he got the idea from one of his friends during his NYSC days, who told him, “If things are not going well for you in life, you can go and bury eggs in a school and immediately things will change for you.”
“We do not know whether it was their native doctor that gave him the eggs to bury in the school. They could be members of a cult and could pose danger to even the whole village. So they must leave,” said a villager.