Poisoned at school

THE SUN Newspaper

It was a sad end for two secondary school students in Ikenne, the hometown of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo, in Ikenne Local Government Area, Ogun State, as they ended their friendship with one poisoning the other.
Ojuagbe Idewo (not real name), allegedly used an anti-snake weed to send his friend, Akinola Ibukunoluwa, to his early grave.

The suspect, and his late friend were both SSS 2 students of Community High School, Ikenne.
Ojuagbe told Daily Sun at the Eleweran Headquarters of the state Police Command where he is now being detained that he came to school on that day with a suspected poisonous weed, identified as Gegemu (anti-snake weed).

The weed, he said had earlier been soaked by him inside his water bottle which he kept in his school bag: “I did not kill him. What happened was that Akin who was thirsty after a football match forcibly collected the water bottle in which I had soaked the weed and put inside my school bag.

“Because of his quest for water, he ran to my bag where he removed the bottle and ran away to drink the substance. In the first instance, I did not know how he got to know that I had a liquid substance in my bag let alone for him to have decided to drink it. I did not kill him. He was a friend that I have known for many years.”

He further explained that he had intended to take the substance to his father’s house in Ikorodu to feed their rams. “I did not intend to kill him”, he insisted.

Looking sobre, Ojuagbe said that he regretted his action and urged teenagers to desist from behaviours which could jeopardize their future: “Even though I did not kill him, I still regret my involvement in this kind of a thing. I have put my parents in big problem. I pray that God will be with me in this turbulent period. May Akin’s soul rest in perfect peace, but I insist that I did not kill him.”

Although Akin was rushed to the Olabisi Onabanjo University Teaching Hospital, Sagamu, he died as a result of what the police described as administration of poisonous substance on him allegedly by Ojuagbe.

It was while on admission in the early hours of penultimate Friday that he died. Police authorities insisted that the lad killed his friend through the soaked-weed. The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Musa Daura, while reacting to the incident said the suspect would soon appear in court to face murder charge..


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