Mr Cornelius Onyekwuluije, the father of the deceased student of St. Michael’s Boys College, Ozubulu, Anambra State, has petitioned the Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, over the death of his son, Master Chimdalu Onyekwuluje.
Master Onyekwuluje, an 11-year-old student of the school, reportedly died on December 17, 2021, nine days after he was picked up by his parents from the school.
The Onyekwulujes are accusing the school of causing their son’s death through their negligence claiming that the school management refused to alert the family when their son fell sick while in the school.
In the petition written by the family lawyer, Mr O.C Onwugbufor, and addressed to the IGP through the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Zone 13, Ukpo, the family urged the IGP to investigate the circumstances that led to the death of their son with a view to bringing those responsible to book.
The petition, which was sighted by our correspondent on Wednesday, read in part, “It is our instruction that Bright Onyekwuluje was sick, but the school management failed to inform his parents so as to send him to hospital for proper treatment.
“Our client got the information that his son was sick through another student that called his mother to inform him to ask our client to come and pick up Bright, that he was sick. Our client called the school management but was told not to bother, that the school was taking good care of the boy.
The same student called our client again the next day to say that the son may die if they failed to come as the school management was not ready to take care of their son.
When our client got to the school, he saw that the health of his son had degenerated to the extent that his son could not talk, walk nor eat food. Our client carried his son to a hospital in Port Harcourt where he resides. Bright Onyekwuluje did not recover from the illness as he died on December 17, 2021.
“We humbly appeal to you to use your good offices to investigate the immediate and remote cause of the death of our client’s son, and bring to justice the persons in the school who contributed to the death of the boy through their actions, inactions, negligence, carelessness, recklessness, and total disregard for the life and safety of children placed under their care.”