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#Justice4Emmanuel: Outrage as 16-year-old boy reportedly dies while playing in school

Emmanuel, 16, was playing on the school grounds when he slipped and banged his head on a cemented floor on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, just a few days after academic activities began in earnest.

According to reports, he was hurried to the University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital in Akure by the school’s administrators, but he was pronounced dead upon arrival.

After the 16-year-old has been confirmed dead by the Ondo State Ministry of Education, Science and Technology’s Information Officer, Mr Olaoluwa Meshack, released a statement revealing that the Ondo State Commissioner for Education, Mr Olufemi Agagu, and other government officials paid a condolence visit to the school and the deceased’s family.

Gistreel states that a statement made by Agagu; urged the family to “take solace in God, believing that Him alone knows the appointed time for every being on earth.”

During the Ondo State Commissioner for Education’s visit to the school, the Principal of CAC Grammar School, Mrs. Oluwapelumi Adetimehin, recounted what happened before the unexpected occurrence. .

She said the deceased, aged 16, was hale, hearty and bubbling with life when he resumed at school on Tuesday, but began to complain of a headache shortly after the Principal’s test.

Adetimehin said accounts by eyewitnesses indicate that the deceased initially sat quietly among his classmates for a while until they began to play around.

The principal said that he later attempted to jump through the window, but hit his head against the post and collapsed hitting his head on the concrete floor.

According to Adetimehin, the colleagues of the deceased raised the alarm that attracted school staff and she immediately rushed him to the school’s clinic, but was advised to take him to the teaching hospital in Akure, where he was pronounced dead.

The father of the deceased, a shepherd at CAC, Oke-Iyanu, High School area in Akure, Pastor Joshua Ojo, described the incident as a cruel blow of fate on the family, but said he could not query God why he allowed it to happen to him.

Notwithstanding the statement from the Ondo state government and from the school’s Principal. Nigerians are currently demanding more explanations while insisting that their may be some hidden pieces of information as regards the boy’s death.

Oluyemi Fasipe, an Ondo State Youth Representative and Youth Advocate, took to Twitter to demand answers. He asked what happened when the boy was taken to the school’s clinic before he was then rushed to the University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital in Akure where he was pronounced dead.

Fasipe, who is the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Hon. Tajudeen Adefisoye ( Small Alhaji), tweeted:

Source: Gistreel

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