The principal of Government Technical College, Ogor, Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State has been arrested by officials of the Nigerian Police Force over the alleged drowning of an SS3 student in the school premises.
The deceased student identified as ThankGod Emumirigwe from the Mechanical Department of the technical school, had drowned while bathing in a burrow pit in the school premises after a grass cutting exercise on Friday, October 15.
Sources revealed that; “The students of the school were doing labour and when they finished working at about 11:am, some of them went to the borrow pit to freshen up.
“As they were bathing, it was discovered that the boy was drowning and some of the students who were with him brought him out and then alerted the school authority. The source alleged that the deceased died on his way to the hospital and was officially confirmed by the hospital management”
Further reports alleged that the principal was approached and begged to rush the boy to the hospital but he asked them to call the labour master instead to attend to the student.
However, “the labour master was not around at the time of the incident and the principal resorted to videoing the students, probably thinking that they were pretending.” the reports claim.
Those present had to go out in search of a tricycle, popularly called keke, to rush the student to a nearby hospital where he was confirmed dead.
The incident sparked protest by students of the school who vandalized the building where the principal’s office resides in the school and immediately reported to the police who then arrested the principal.