Police authorities in Ondo State, yesterday, threatened to declare wanted a teacher, Mrs. Kura, who reportedly asked the Senior Prefect of Ijo Mimo High school, Temitayo Oluwole, to help her pluck mango which led to his death last weekend.
The suspect, whose whereabouts remained unknown after the incident, is the Physics teacher for the SS3 class in the school.
This came as police detectives prevented the disruption of academic activities as the students mobilised to mob the teachers over the death of their senior prefect. They described his death as unacceptable.
The death of Temitayo was said to be the fourth after other students fell from the mysterious mango tree and died after being asked to pluck the fruits by teachers in the school.
Previous deaths, it was learned, were allegedly concealed by the school authorities from the public as they always settle with the parents of the victims.
Spokesperson of the Ondo Command, Mr. Femi Joseph said the Command would declare the suspect wanted if she failed to show up at the police station for interrogation.
Joseph said: “We would declare the female teacher wanted if she failed to show up and tell her own side of the story.
“The school principal had volunteered statement to us and we are yet to see the female teacher who asked the deceased to help her pluck the mangoes.
“Our detectives visited the school and if not for our timely intervention the students were about to mob the teachers.
“We succeeded in calming their frayed nerves and normalcy had returned to the school. But we are still expecting the female teacher who sent the boy to help her pluck mangoes before he died.”
Ondo govt intervenes
The state government has waded into the matter by instructing the relevant authorities to investigate the death of the senior student.
The Education Commissioner, Mr. Femi Agagu, confirmed that the education ministry had set representatives of relevant education agencies, associations and bodies to the deceased parents and the school.
Agagu said government would get to the root of the incident in a bid to guide against future occurrence.”
I leave all to God—Deceased father
Meanwhile, father of the deceased, Pastor Bode Adegoke, said: “As a man of God, I have left everything to God. The Ministry of Education has taken over the matter.”
Efforts to speak with the school Principal, Mr Olaoye proved abortive as he was said to have being directed by the Education Ministry not to grant press interview.