By Esther Onyegbula
LAGOS—Saka Hameed, the 17-year-old Senior Secondary School, SSS, 2 student of Gaskia College, Amukoko, Lagos, who allegedly stabbed his school labour prefect, Saheed Jimoh, to death has denied the allegation.
The suspect said: “I pushed him; I didn’t stab him. Jimoh fell on an iron rod, which pierced his chest.”
The suspect also said one of Saheed’s classmates, Ibrahim, was a witness to the whole incident. But it was learned that the said Ibrahim, who had also been arrested by the police, denied witnessing the incident.
Meanwhile, when Vanguard visited the school, the said iron rod was bent downward.
Vanguard learned that after the fleeing suspect was arrested last Thursday evening, his father and six other students, who were initially arrested, were released.
The suspect, who was arrested by officers of Lagos State Police, Amukoko Division, said: “In the morning, I went to where Jimoh and Ibrahim were and told them that the physics teacher was coming; they were startled and made attempts to move. I then told them that I was only joking.
“Later, I started chasing him. When I caught him, I pushed him down, I didn’t stab him. Unfortunately, when I pushed him, he fell on an iron which pierced his chest.
“After the incident, I ran away from the school. I was on my way to my father’s shop when I heard that the police were searching for me, so I had to run. I spent the night under the bridge before the police arrested me on Thursday evening.”
In his defence, Ibrahim, who initially said he was in the class, later confessed to having witnessed the incident when it happened.
He said: “I was with Jimoh when Saka played a joke on us.
“I immediately left for class, while Saka ran after Jimoh.
“I was in the class when someone informed us that Jimoh has been stabbed. I don’t know why Saka said I was there. I am innocent.”
Vanguard gathered that the case would be transferred to the Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department, SCIID, for further investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the death of the 19-year-old.