The 16-year-old female student of Federal Government Girls College (FGGC), Jalingo, Blessing Ellan and her father who were arrested on Monday while trying to enter the school premises with two military hand grenades has denied knowledge of how the grenades got into her bag.
Ellan, who spoke on Tuesday in Jalingo while answering questions from journalists at the state police command, said the day she went to the market to buy her provisions, she bought gari and kept it with her customer to enable her go and buy other things that she would need in school, and when she brought them home, she arranged them in her bag.
“There was nothing that looked like military grenades when I was arranging those things I bought in my bag,” she said.
She stated that even when she left her house to the park, there was nothing like that in her bag, adding that it was when they got to Maraban Zing where their driver dropped some passengers that her father went to the back to monitor her bag and discovered that the bag had been unzipped.
“When my father saw that my bag was open, he asked if I was the one who opened the bag; I told him no and he just zipped it and we all proceeded to Jalingo”.
She said it was when she brought her bag for a search at the school gate that the security men discovered the two hand grenades in the bag.
“Although, when our driver was dropping passengers at Mararaban Zing, I saw four men at the back of the vehicle we entered. But I do not know what they were doing at the back of our car”, she stressed.
She said she has nothing to do with Boko Haram and nothing in common with them.