7-year-old crushed to death by Baale’s car in Lagos
Tragedy struck in Iju Station of Lagos State as a 7-
year-old primary one pupil of St Kizto Primary School II,
Samuel Olayinka,was crushed to death by a car
allegedly belonging to a traditional leader, Chief
Spencer Savage .
Olayinka was said to be playing with his friends on the
premises of Fagba Junior Grammar School in Iju
Station after school hours when the accident
happened. The two schools and five others are located
in the same compound.
The traditional leader reportedly drove into the
secondary school premises around 3pm on October 7,
and while he was reversing allegedly crushed the 7-
year-old who was behind the car.
private hospital in the area where he eventually gave up
Speaking on the incident, the 7-year-old’s mother,
Mama Mary said her joy had been stolen but she has
taken solace in God.
She said, “I was surprised when I learnt he was playing,
because he was a reserved child. Most times, I forced
him to play at home; he was very calm. His sister
normally goes to pick him when she closes from school
“There are supposed to be security guards at the
school that regulate the vehicles entering the
withdrew him from there when I could no longer afford
“It was very painful but I have left everything to God. It
is a tragedy that I can never forget. I did not know how
I got admitted in a hospital when I was told he had
died. The baale (Savage) visited me once while I was in
the hospital and he paid my hospital bill.”
Punch reports that Savage, while narrating what
happened on the fateful day said he came to the school
to discuss his child’s poor performance with the
principal. He said he made efforts to save Olayinka’s
life to no avail.
“I did not drive recklessly. I did not know Olayinka was
behind the car, trying to pick something and I didn’t see
him in my rear-view mirror. I rushed him to Ayodele
Medical Centre and the doctor tried his best. The doctor
said he had an internal haemorrhage.
“I took him to the mortuary and I was subsequently
detained at a police station for two days. It was not
intentional. I also have children. I wanted to see the
principal to discuss my child’s poor performance,”
Also commenting on the tragedy, one of the deceased
teachers, who pleaded anonymity blamed the incident
on the inadequate security in the school.
“The Baale was not aware that the boy was at the back
of his car. I still believe the accident could have been
averted if the Baale was more careful. The back tyres
crushed the boy’s head and he died afterwards. The
incident was reported at the Iju Police Station.
“Besides, his mother should not have allowed a little
child like that to wait that long for his sister. Our school
closes at 1pm; the mother should have come to pick
him herself. The security here is lax. We have only two
security guards manning the seven schools. The
guards resume by 8am and close at 2pm.
“The school compound has
become vulnerable to
hoodlums since its fence
collapsed. Our pupils are no longer safe from intruders
and abductors. These are imminent dangers which
need the government’s attention urgently. The seven
schools have a population of over 5,000.”