The premises of Ijo Mimo High School, Akure in the Ondo State Capital was deserted as Temitayo Oluwole, reportedly fell from a mango tree and died, allegedly being sent by one of the teachers of the school to get mangoes on the tree. Temitayo Oluwole was an SSS 3 student and the Senior Prefect of Ijo Mimi High School.
The deceased was alleged to have been sent to pluck the mango by one of his teachers in the school after their tutorials at about 1.30p.m. A source in the school told a Vanguard correspondence that “this is the fourth time a student would be falling from the tree whenever they are sent by their teachers to pluck mango for them. “We all came for tutorial on Saturday. After the tutorial, one of our teachers asked him to pluck mango for him. It was while he was on the tree trying to pluck the mango that he fell and was rushed to the hospital, where he died.
Meanwhile, the father of the deceased, Pastor Bode Adegoke, confirmed the incident, saying the branch of the tree he stood on gave way, adding that he hit his head on the ground and bled profusely. According to him, “he was rushed to a private hospital called Abitoye Hospital, from where he was referred to the Trauma Centre in Ondo town, where he eventually died at about 6.52p.m.” The bereaved father said representatives of the school authorities had visited him yesterday to sympathise with him. He, however, said the school’s principal was nowhere to be found since the incident occurred on Saturday.