A male student at the Community Secondary School Rumuapara, Nkpolu Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has been reported dead in a road crash.
The incident happened on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at about 8AM in front of the school located at Mobil Junction, East West Road, Port Harcourt.
The student, Kelechi, was an SS3 student at the school.
Eyewitness accounts from fellow students suggest that the unfortunate event was a culmination of escalating tensions. According to reports, the day before the incident, a group of SS3 boys, including Kelechi, had allegedly beaten up one Precious, a JSS3 student, “for being disrespectful.”
The following morning, eyewitnesses said, the victim of the school bullying, accompanied by a group of friends, sought retaliation for the assault.
The deceased, Kelechi, who was a part of the group responsible for the previous day’s assault, found himself confronted by the opposing group outside the school premises.
In an attempt to evade further conflict, Kelechi reportedly fled and inadvertently entered the main road, where he was fatally crushed and killed by an oncoming Toyota Camry with number plate Rivers AFM-240SN.
Some sources claimed that he was deliberately pushed by the retaliatory gang into the express road.
This is not the first time the Community Secondary School Rumuapara has had reports of fights among the students, and this particular incident has caused profound sorrow to the school community and the family of the deceased.
Additionally, after the accident, some of the students proceeded to damage the involved vehicle.
As of now, the driver of the vehicle has been apprehended and is in police custody.
However, eyewitnesses said the group of boys responsible for chasing Kelechi into the road are yet to be apprehended.