Tragedy struck in front of Lafenwa Comprehensive High School, Ota, Ogun State, last Thursday, when a 15-year-old pupil, Miss Kemi Obanla, was crushed to death by a truck driver.
It was learnt that Kemi was killed while running errands for her class teacher.
It was alleged that the teacher had asked Kemi to go and buy cooked ‘ofada’ rice for her around 10am on the day.
An eyewitness, who craved anonymity, said the SS1 pupil was knocked down by a truck while crossing the road.
He said Kemi died while she was being rushed to the hospital.
“The girl was knocked down when she was crossing the road. After hitting her, the driver of the vehicle attempted to escape but the youths around apprehended him.
“It was when the girl was being taken to the hospital that she died. When we inquired where she was going at that time, we were told her teacher, whose name was not given, sent her to buy ofada rice for her.”
The father of the deceased, Mr. Peter Obanla, said the death of his daughter, dealt a devastating blow to the family.
He said when the girl left their Ajegunle Close, off Mefun Road, Ota, home, she was full of life.
Obanla said about two hours after his daughter left for school, someone informed him that she was involved in a fatal accident.
He said, “The accident happened on Ahmaddiya Road, Ota. By the time I got there, I learnt that they had taken her to an hospital. She died on the way to the hospital.
“Since then, we are yet to come to terms with the fact that that she is dead. I still cannot believe it. Kemi was very industrious, respectful and brilliant. Her death has dealt a blow to us.”
Obanla, who works with Dangote Group of Companies as a driver in Ibeshe Plant, said the school was shielding the teacher.
“It is only the Principal of the school that has been showing up. We do not know the teacher that sent my daughter on an errand. Though many teachers from the school have been coming to our house, we do not know who among them sent her on errand on that fateful day.
“The driver that killed her and the school authorities have been begging me to drop the case. They said what happened was the will of God.”
When contacted, the Public Relations Officer, Ogun Police Command, Mr. Muyiwa Adejobi, promised to get the details of the incident.
However, as of the time of going to the press, he did not get back to our correspondent.Subsequent efforts to speak with him were not successful as his phone rang out many times without him