For fear of reprisal, the Ado Grammar School, Ado Ekiti, has been shut down. The school was where a 17-year-old Senior Secondary School 2 pupil, Favour Mathew, was allegedly hacked to death by a schoolmate, 16-year-old Kehinde Timilehin, last Thursday.
According to PUNCH Metro: The closure of the school, coming earlier than the set date for public schools in the state to proceed on the first term holiday, was against the backdrop of alleged threats of reprisal by the Ebira community to which the victim belonged.
The two pupils were said to have engaged in a contest on the efficacy of charms following which Timilehin, who is at present in police detention, reportedly overpowered Mathew and attacked him with an axe brought by the victim.
Mathew later died at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital following the injuries he suffered.
Sources said members of the Ebira community had said they would retaliate the killing of their son by attacking the school.
The police have been keeping the school and the Ado-Federal Polytechnic Road under watch to prevent a breakdown of law and order.
A source in the school said, “The school is to be shut, but the teachers will be working, because the victim’s family threatened that 30 students would be killed in the reprisal.
“It is not in any way safe for us to ask students to return to school now. They had finished their examinations before the incident happened. If any of them come to school on Monday (today), we shall ask them to go back in the interest of safety.”
Meanwhile, the Ekiti State Police Command has said the status of Timilehin, who was 16 years when he allegedly committed the offence, remained an issue that would be determined by the judiciary.
The Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti State Command, Caleb Ikechukwu, said the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in the state Ministry of Justice would determine whether the suspect would face prosecution or taken to the Juvenile Correction Centre for detention.
Ikechukwu said, “I want to say that the suspect’s fate will be determined by the DPP, because being a minor, a lot of things would have to be taken into consideration.
“But as for us in the police, we are investigating the matter to establish whether it was a case of murder or manslaughter. We are investigating the elements of the case, because by law, if you are less than 18, there must be special consideration for any offence you commit.
“But we also have a juvenile correction centre; so, the DPP will study the outcome of our investigation and come up with the best alternative that will be in line with the law.”