How classroom accident killed 10-year-old pupil (PICTURED)

by Anike Jacobs

The old building; the new block; Fibian

The roof of a school building in Ilara Community, in the Ogijo area of Ogun state, crashed on three pupils and a teacher of the school on Monday.

While a 10-year-old Primary five pupil, Fibian Lawal, died on the spot, the other victims were taken to some hospitals in the area and were said to be in critical conditions.

Punch newspaper reports that the tragic incident occured while the teacher, identified simply as Ms Onanuga, was taking the pupils in a lesson shortly after school hours.

The five-block building was said to have been built around 1955 when the school was established.

A pupil of the school and classmate of late Fibian, Adijat Ohize, explained that the roof crashed on the pupils and the teacher.

“We had finished school but we were all waiting for lesson when it began to rain. The other teachers left the school and their pupils, but our aunty did not leave.

“The rain was blowing into the classroom and our aunty said we should all run to a private school beside our school.

“I ran and got there, but as Fibian stepped out of the class, her shoes got stuck in the mud on the ground. She started struggling to get out.”

Fibian’s younger brother, Okiki, 7, who also sustained injuries in the hand, said he was under a shade when he saw the late pupil struggling with the mud.

He said, “When the teacher asked us to go to the private school because of the rain, I first ran under a mango tree. I saw my sister struggling and I went to help her, but the roof fell on her. My hand was injured. I started shouting her name, but she did not answer me.”

The victim’s mother, Olushola Lawal, said she wished she had died in place of her daughter, saying Fibian was the hope of the family.

She said she had given her and Okiki N1,200 on the day of the incident as the family’s contribution for a new teacher employed by the school.

She said, “It was her younger brother, Okiki, that cried home and said Kemi (Fibian) had died after the roof fell on her. I couldn’t believe it and people kept deceiving me that she was in the hospital.

“She was a good writer and could draw anything perfectly. She would just ask you to sit and she would draw you. She had a note for drawing.

“She always said she would take care of me when she grew older. I wish I had died in her place.”

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