A student at Erhimu Secondary School in Abraka, Delta State, Michael Ogbeife, has sent his teacher, Joseph Ossai, to his early grave on Thursday after a fight between them.
Until his death, the late teacher was in charge of Agricultural Science and Biology at the school.
It was gathered that Ossai flogged his younger sister, Promise Ogbeife, who reportedly involved in a dispute with one of her classmates, a SS3 student.
According to school sources, Michael stormed out of the building after his sister was flogged, returned, and went straight to the staff room for a brawl with the teacher.
Before the fight, the suspect allegedly went home to get a charm, according to some sources. After punches from the student, Ossai is said to have collapsed with a bleeding from nose and blood gushing from his mouth.
He was rushed to a community private hospital and then to a government hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Mr Erhimu, the school’s proprietor, said he had yet to receive full details on the incident because he was not present when the heinous incident occurred. “I was not in school when the incident occurred,” he said, adding that more information will be available on Monday, just as he ordered the school to close until Monday.
“Whatever anyone says about me, I don’t care,” he said in response to the news in town that he may be involved in some suspicious activities that have resulted in frequent deaths in his school in recent years. I’ve been running this school for 35 years. If a tragedy like this occurs, I don’t care what they say….someone will begin to read meaning into it.”
“Unless I have a hand in these deaths,” he added, “God Almighty, whom I serve, will punish such persons who wish to blackmail me.”
He claimed that he was at the police station yesterday and that he will return today.
When contacted, DSP Bight Edafe, the state police spokesman, confirmed the incident and stated that the suspect is on the run. “For the time being, the suspect is nowhere to be found,” he said, “but the sister is in protective custody.”