A three-year-old kindergarten pupil, Darasimi Ogunwunmi, has died from complications resulting from consumption of caustic soda at his school, Fahsal Children’s School, Ilupeju Estate, Idiroko, Ogun State.
The incident, which occurred in November 2015, saw Ogunwunmi’s health deteriorate rapidly.
According to many reports, the pupil was unable to feed properly as he was unable to swallow liquid substances during the period of his ill-health.
Speaking concerning the incident, the deceased mother, Toyin said, “My son would have died long ago if not because of the money that kind Nigerians raised for his treatment. The money financed his surgeries and rehabilitation since that time.”
“If I knew he had no chance of survival, I would have prayed that God should give him rest long ago because my son suffered for every day he lived after that incident.”
Before and After picture of Darasinmi After drinking the caustic soda
“Every day, I saw him lying in the hospital bed or sitting at home struggling to drink ordinary water with pain, I cried bitterly.”
Modupe Mujota, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police revealed that though an investigation was launched into the matter, there was however no evidence sufficient to charge the school management.
“There was a full investigation. But because there was no hard evidence, it became difficult to take the issue up legally.”
“We combed the premises of the school and nothing was found, probably because time had elapsed and the school might have cleaned up,”
“There are larger factors to be considered when you want to close down a school like the population the school is serving.”
“If they say we did not visit, we have pictures as evidence of our team’s visit to the child and his mother.”
“There were allegations from the school proprietor that the boy’s parents were trying to extort her. We went to verify the claim”,she said.