Breaking: School gardener beats WAEC candidate to death


 Breaking: School gardener beats WAEC candidate to death


A SS3 student of Jubril Martins Memorial College, Iponri Lagos, Rafiu Adagun, has been beaten to death during the ongoing West Africa Examination Council (WAEC) by a gardener, Femi Aderounmu.

Eyewitnesses said the 15-year-old was killed after Aderounmu laid an ambush for him following a rift, which was settled by the school authorities earlier.




A source in the school said: “On the 15th of May after writing Literature exam, he (Rafiu) was on his way to prepare for his elder brother’s child’s naming.

“So, the gardener to the school called him and his fellow colleague back that the principal asked them (SSS 3 students) to stay behind then.

“The late Rafiu Adagun replied why should he wait since he was through with my exam? Then the gardener started beating him.

“So, they called the attention of the teachers and they settled the rift. Later, the students were playing that who was older between Rafiu and one other male student and Rafiu said the latter was older than him so the gardener started beating him that he was being rude to him.


” He (gardener) later went to lay ambush for Rafiu, beating him, ran after him, tore his clothes and hit his head against the wall so hard till Rafiu became unconscious.

“So, his friends and some teachers tried rushing him to the hospital but he had died before they got to the health centre.

“The school authority tried covering up by saying he slumped and died. They did not even inform the parents about the incidence not until one of the students called Rafiu’s cousin who now briefed the parents about what has happened.”

The deceased’s elder brother, Ademola Adagun, told our reporter there were attempts to cover up the incident by the culprit and school management.

“I was called upon by my late brother’s friend who narrated everything that ensued between him and the school’s gardener.

“According to report, Rafiu and the gardener have been having several rifts before the last one that took his life.




“But to my amazement, the gardener denied this, calling our late brother his friend. I don’t know how on earth our late brother would befriend a criminal like him.

“At first, the school lied to us that Rafiu fainted while coming out of the exam hall. How did we get to know they were lying?

“My cousin saw bruises on his body and neck, his school uniform, singlet, trouser were all torn. All these periods the gardener was pretentiously with us.

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“So, my cousin saw one of the students at the scene and asked how it happened. The boy said the gardener went to Oke-Olu street (where the gardener lives) to wait for them and started punching him.

“He banged his head on the wall three times, he even tried to escape but the gardener ran after him and punched him harder before he fell.

“The boy further said they told the gardener to carry him but he said he will beat him if he stands up again and if any of them says anything, he will do the same to them.”

He added: “We were told by the students that they had to rush him to the school clinic where he was given pain relief injection and died.

“But when the school authority noticed he was dead, they took him to that Smith hospital, where he was confirmed dead on arrival.

“So, my cousin confronted the school authority by narrating what he learnt from those at the scene and told them to stop covering the criminal.

“They said the gardener punched him once and he fell and was rushed to Smith hospital. They didn’t mention the school clinic.

“After hearing the aforementioned from my cousin, we were told it didn’t happen in the school premises. I was vexed but that wasn’t what was doing me at the moment.

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