A 17-year-old secondary student, Kehinde Timilehin, has hacked his schoolmate, Favour Matthew, 16, to death after engaging in a competition to test their juju (charm).
Both students of Ado Grammar School, Ado-Ekiti, the State Capital were said to have engaged each other in a juju contest after which Matthew, a Senior Secondary School 2 student, reportedly went back home to bring an axe to attack Timilehin, SS3 student.
According to sources, Timilehin, overpowered Matthew, collected the axe and struck him in the chest, leaving him in a pool of his own blood.
Matthew died as he was rushed to the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital at Ado-Ekiti.
Following the news of Mathew’s death, the Ebira community along Ado-Federal Polytechnic Road allegedly threatened a reprisal attack against the Yoruba community in the area.
As a result, parents and guardians of pupils of the school did not allow their wards to attend school on Friday. It was gathered that the few students who showed up at school were sent back at the gate.
Policemen were since deployed in the area to prevent a collapse of law and order while a police van was seen stationed at the school gate.
Mr. Ebenezer Falayi, The school principal, and his vice, Mr. Olurotimi Olaoluwa, detailed that the sad event occurred around 2.15pm after closing hours.
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The School Principal said, “This incident really saddened us because it was avoidable. What I gathered from students who were at the spot was that the two were arguing over who had superior power and the deceased had earlier gone home to bring weapons, which did not have any effect on the suspect when used on him.
“I was told that the suspect later overpowered the victim and struck him in the chest with the weapon. Our teachers, including me, the vice principal and registrar who reside in the school rushed him to EKSUTH. We even took the suspect along.
“The victim was put on life support, but that could not help the situation. He died in the hospital. I had to quickly call the Divisional Police Officer of the Odo-Ado Police Station who deployed his men in the area. We also contacted the police station at Oke Ila, Ado-Ekiti, to prevent the suspect from being killed by highly enraged family members of the deceased.
“The hospital insisted on conducting an autopsy before releasing the corpse, but the family resisted it. The corpse was later released to the family when it nearly led a crisis in the hospital.
“The suspect is in police custody. I begged for more security operatives to be deployed in the school area when we heard that 30 students would be killed in a reprisal today (Friday).”
A police source revealed that the suspect had been taken to the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department of the state police command.
DSP Caleb Ikechukwu, The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Police Command, confirmed the incident, adding that the suspect was in police custody while investigations are ongoing.