Students Destroy Principal’s Office, Pelt Police With Stones Over Colleague’s Dea
By Omoghene Benedict,
STUDENTS of Ekiugbo Grammar school in Ughelli North local government area of Delta State have destroyed the office of the school principal and pelt police vehicle following the death of a JSSc student simply known as Kelvin Ogheneogaga.
The late Kelvin, it was gathered that he was his class prefect before he died from a suspected complications from tetanus injury he sustained on his leg.
According to some of the students, Kelvin had committed an offence and he was to be punished for the unknown offence.
His classmate who refuses to give his name said, “We were begging the teacher, Emmanuel Oneyibo not to flog him because, Kelvin was not too fine but the teacher refused. Kelvin was having an injury on his leg before he was flogged and we don’t know if the flogging was what led to his death.
When the news of his death filtered into the school, the student attacked the teacher who flogged the student and beat him up, destroyed the Principal Office and vehicle before the arrival of the police attached to the Ughelli ‘A’ Division.
The arrival of the police to the school to calm the situation, did not deter the students as they took their anger a notch further by pelting the police team with stones and other dangerous items. The principal office was also destroyed by the students.
All efforts to reach the principal of Ekiugbo Grammar school, Mr. F. Okpako were not successful as calls made to his official mobile phone and text messages were not answer nor replied.
Confirming the death of the student, senior police officer attached to Ughelli Area Command said, “There was a protest/riot by students of Ekiugbo Grammar School, Ekiugbo, Ughelli over the death of an SS2 student, one Kelvin OGHENEOGHAGHA who was said to have been flogged to death by a teacher, one Emmanuel ONEYIBO.
The security source who spoke on anonymous condition said, “The teacher had on 26/02/2020, flogged the student for misconduct, after which, it was reported that the student on getting home, developed some complications and was later rushed to the Ughelli Central hospital by his family where he gave up the ghost.
“When the news of his death got to the school, date, which led to a riot/protest by the students who destroyed the school’s properties and vehicles belonging to the principal and other teachers.
“The intervention of policemen drafted from “A’ Division, Ughelli, returned normalcy to the school after police vehicles were pelted with stones by the rampaging students who had beaten the teacher to pulp.
Explaining further the security source said, “The mother of the deceased who was invited to the police station stated that her son before his untimely death never mentioned that he was flogged by a teacher as they were aware he had mistakenly stepped on a nail sometime ago without informing the parents and had later been diagnosed of tetanus, which the family had been treating before his death.
“It was further gathered that the deceased student had been buried by the family.
“Some of the students arrested are in police custody, including the teacher who has been granted conditional bail as investigation is ongoing”.
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