By Lolo Ayaba
A 16-year-old student of Government Secondary School (Alapere) Ijanikin, has been stabbed to death along Palace road, Vespa Bus Stop, Ijanikin in Ojo area of Lagos.
The victim, Wasiu Abdullahi, a Senior Secondary School Two (SSS2) student’s throat was slit with a knife by a former student from Government Secondary School Oto Awori, identified as Adewale Jamiu.
It was learned that on Thursday Fowosere a friend to the slain Abdullahi beat up Adewale because of his phone which the later took.
However, trouble started on Friday after the close of school when Adewale attacked Fowosere on his way home in front of a barbing saloon beside a cobbler shop at Vespa bus stop, Ijanikin.
Unfortunately Abdullahi was stabbed on his throat with a knife allegedly laced with poison, while attempting to stop the two from fighting.
According to an eye witness, Vivian Tamari who spoke to Newsbeats at the scene of the incident, “I was on my way to the market to buy food items when the incident happened. Sincerely I don’t know why they were fighting. What drew my attention was the loud cry of one the student who was shouting ‘help me, help me’ in Yoruba dialect. He was holding his neck with both hands and blood gushing out.
As he was shouting, some of the market women, immediately ran to his aid. They pulled his uniform and placed it on his neck to reduce the bleeding as they rushed him to a nearby private hospital, Ademola Hospital located beside Cele bus stop”.
However Abdullahi bled to death before he could get medical attention at the hospital.
When Newsbeats got to the hospital Abdullahi was lying in the pool of his blood at the hospital reception before his sick mother arrived.
Meanwhile Police officers from Ijanikin evacuated the deceased corpse to Badagry Mortuary.
It was learned that the teenage suspect Adewale Jamiu who dropped out of school has been on the run since he stabbed the deceased to death on Friday.
A student of Government Secondary School Oto Awori who spoke to Newsbeats on the condition of anonymity said that “Adewale Jamiu was my classmate, he dropped out of school when we were in SSS1 but he still wears uniform to school everyday. Sometime ago the police arrested him but he was later released.”
Lamenting about the activities of students in both schools, a landlord Kolawole Bayo said that “It is quite unfortunate that young students in secondary school have already become cultists. The activities of these students are getting out of hand. Almost every Friday they fight each other. Sometime ago one of the students went into coma after a student charmed him. It took the intervention of a Babalawo to revive him. Government secondary school Ijanikin (Alapere) has become very notorious to the extent that students bring guns to school”.
Confirming the incident, the spokesperson for the Lagos State Police Command, DSP Bala Elkana said investigation was ongoing and that the case has been transferred to State Investigation and Intelligence Department Yaba Panti for further investigation.