The family of a Senior Secondary School 3 female student of
Muslim College Oworonsoki, Lagos, has been thrown into
mourning after lightning struck and killed 19-year-old
Celestina Farotide, who was about to start her final
examination the same morning.
The victim’s father was said to be in shock and disbelief
and had refused to show up to collect the corpse, saying, “It
cannot be my daughter”.
The aunt of the deceased, Christiana Idowu, who described
her as gentle, quiet and respectful said she saw her corpse
in the hospital after the family received an emergency call
from one of Celestina’s friends.
An eyewitness, who pleaded anonymity because she was
not permitted to talk to journalists, said the incident
occurred on Monday.
She said, “We had finished with the morning assembly, but
some students were still coming in. Celestina had prepared
her desk in readiness for the West Africa Senior Secondary
Certificate Examination’s practical they were to have that
PUNCH Metro learnt that she later went to buy the food
she would eat and when she was returning to her class in
company with other students, tragedy struck.
The eyewitness said, “The lightning came in their direction
and immediately three of the school girls fell down.
“Two of them rose up and ran and Celestina rose up too.
Then the lighteningt struck the second time, and she
(Celestine) fell finally on the floor and did not rise again.
‘She was immediately taken to the teachers’ staff room,
where a teacher was asked to take her to the Gbagada
General Hospital. It was there she was confirmed dead.”
The principal of the school was said to be away on a week-
long conference in Makurdi when the incident happened but
authorities of the school contacted Celestina’s grandmother
at New Garage area of Lagos.
The Lagos State Commissioner for Education with her
entourage were said to have visited the school on Tuesday
A resident of the area, Mr. Kabiawu Babajide, who also
claimed to be an alumnus of the school told our
correspondent the lightning also wreaked havoc in the area.
The monarch of Oworonsoki land, Oba Bashir
Oloruntodupefun, said the gods were angry because
Oworosoki land had been desecrated by strangers and the
government was taking over ancestral lands and selling
them to non-indigenes.
He said, “It’s a pity the girl died. The circumstances
surrounding her death are mysterious because the girl was
never sick. From what happened, we can all see the gods
are making demands.
“The shrines that should be used for sacrifices have been
swept away in water. And the land we have is being sold by
government officials to their friends and they send military
men to threaten us.
“Government needs to give us our land back. The real
Oworo is submerged in waters. We want them to help sand
fill those places taken over by water because many cultural
heritage has been lost. If this is done, evil will no longer
The Chairman of a community development association in
the area, Chief Jelili Lawal, told PUNCH Metro that
Celestina would be buried after necessary sacrifices and
atonement had been made to appease the gods.