Lightning strikes SS3 student dead on exam day

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

morning.”

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

morning.

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

occur.”

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.

 

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