Queendaline Ekezie, a 15-year-old pupil of Army Day Secondary School, Obinze, Owerri, Imo State, has died after two soldiers in the school allegedly snuffed life out of her during a rigorous punishment.
The soldiers allegedly asked her to frogmarch after she arrived at school late. Queendaline, who became exhausted after repeating the exercise several times, was said to have collapsed.
She was reportedly rushed to an army hospital where she died. Her father, Hyginus, on hearing the news, passed out and was rushed to a hospital in the community for treatment.
It was learnt that Queendaline, who was in JSS 3, was with a colleague, Delight Aguocha, a JSS 2 pupil, when the incident happened. Aguocha revealed that the rigour of the punishment killed her friend.
The remains of the victim were deposited in the Federal Medical Centre mortuary, Owerri.
The 82 Division’s spokesman and Deputy Director, Army Public Relations, Col. Sagir Musa, said it would be premature to comment on the incident as the Imo State Ministry of Education had planned to issue a statement today.