A student identified as Matthew Favour of Ado Grammar School has died during a Juju Contest in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the incident occurred in the evening (Friday) within the school’s premises when thee 16-year-old student engaged in a friendly dispute with a colleague over the ownership of a ball before it degenerated into an argument over who had more portent charms.
Matthew, who was in Senior Secondary Class Two before his death, was allegedly stabbed in the chest and later died at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH), Ado Ekiti, where he was taken.
The suspect, who allegedly killed Matthew, has since been taken into Police custody.
Matthew, an Ebira from Kogi State, was said to have initiated the encounter when he brought out a small axe and a knife wrapped in a white and red scarf and dared his colleague to a fight.
However, his colleague was said to have overpowered him after a while, stabbing him in the chest with the knife and fatally injuring him in the process.
It was learnt that the development brought activities in the school to a halt, as other students and teachers fled the premises.
When contacted, the state Police Command Public Relations Officer, Caleb Ikechukwu, said he needed time to react to the incident after getting a clearer report on the incident.
Police officers from the nearby Odo-Ado Division were, however, sighted at the main entrance into the school, which had been shut.
The Police deployment followed alleged threats by the family of the deceased to embark on reprisal attack at the school.
Confirming the incident, the school’s Principal, Ebenezer Falayi, said the incident occurred about 2.15pm after the school had closed.
Falayi said the students had dispersed before the incident attracted teachers, who mobilised to the scene to convey the victim to EKSUTH.
“This incident really saddened us, because it could have been avoided. What I gathered from students who were at the spot of the gory incident was that the duo were arguing over who had superior power and the deceased had earlier gone home to bring all those weapons, which could not pierce the suspect when used on him.
“I was told that the suspect later overpowered him, collected the weapons and stabbed the victim in the chest
“Our teachers, including myself, my vice and registrar, alongside other teachers who were resident on campus here, rushed him to EKSUTH. We even took the suspect along.
“The victim was put on life support, but that could not help the situation, as he died in the hospital.
“I had to quickly call the DPO of Odo-Ado Police Station, who reinforced his men and contacted the Police Station at Oke-Ila to prevent the suspect from being killed by highly enraged family members of the deceased.
“The hospital insisted on doing the autopsy before releasing the body, but the family resisted this. They later released the body to the family when it nearly caused trouble in the hospital.
“The police also took the suspect into custody, but I had to beg for security to be beefed up around the school when there was a threat that 30 students will be killed in a reprisal attack today (yesterday),” he explained.