An atmosphere of insecurity and disturbance now looms in Bamenda following series of attacks by men of the underworld in two mission schools in Bamenda. On Monday September 3, 2012, armed bandits attacked Sacred Heart College Mankon, and carried away a sum of 30 million FCFA. According to information gathered, the thieves stormed the bursary and ordered for everyone to sleep on the floor. They are also said to have ordered the school bursar to bring out all the money they have collected. The incident according to what we gathered took place when some parents and students were still in the bursar’s office. The gang collected the money and vamoosed into a near by bush firing gun shoots in the air.
A similar incident took place at PSS Nkwen where the same gang surrendered the bursar and collected an estimated sum of 3.5 million FCFA. The gang according to what we gathered had been monitoring the school bursar until when he left the office with money collected, they surrendered him with guns.There is panic and uncertainty in Bamenda as a new crime has been introduced targeting schools. Sources say Sacred Heart PTA has summoned an emergency meeting to look into the crisis. Public opinion on the other hand has been pondering why the school administration should allow so much money in the school campus. A school of thought holds that for the safety of the students, school administration and teachers, mission schools should henceforth allow parents to pay school fees into banks and not directly in schools because the risk of been attacked by bandits is now very high.
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