Four Students Drop-Dead From Mango Tree
A senior secondary school, SSS, 3 student, Ijo Mimo High School, Temitayo Oluwole, fell from a mango tree and died.
This is the fourth time students have fallen from the same mango tree in recent time within the government school’s premises.
The deceased who was the senior prefect of the school was alleged to have been sent to pluck the mango by one of his teachers in the school.
An eye witness said, “we all came for tutorial on Saturday. After the tutorial, one of our teachers asked him to pluck mango for him. It was while he was on the tree trying to pluck the mango that he fell and was rushed to the hospital, where he died.
“This is the fourth time a student has died after falling from that particular tree in this school, and our teachers don’t hesitate to send us to pluck mango for them, despite the danger and our cries that the tree is evil. “But we can’t disobey them whenever they send us to climb the tree to pluck mango,” he said.
The father of the deceased, Pastor Bode Adegoke, who confirmed the incident, said the branch of the tree he stood on gave way, adding that he hit his head on the ground and bled profusely.
According to him, “he was rushed to a private hospital called Abitoye Hospital, from where he was referred to the Trauma Centre in Ondo town, where he eventually died at about 6.52p.m.”
The State Education Commissioner, Pastor Femi Agagu, said the state government would investigate the incident.
Police image-maker, Femi Joseph, said the matter was still
under investigation, but promised that the matter would be looked into and
those that are culpable would be made to face the law.