Staff and students of Ado Grammar School in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital are mourning.

This follows the stabbing to death of a student during a fight with his colleague.

Favour Matthew said to be 16 years old and in SS2, died from the stab wounds he received when he engaged Timilehin Kehinde, a SS3 student, in a fight within the school premises on Thursday.

Some of the workers in the school claimed that the two students had started with a quarrel over the ownership of a football during school hours.

The simple dispute over the ball ballooned into a bitter fight after school hours with weapons and charms used by the two of them.

Witnesses also alleged that the deceased Matthew had run home to arm himself, and had returned to school with an axe and machete wrapped in red and white pieces of cloths.

He is also reported to have returned with charmed rings worn on his fingers.

The workers further alleged that Kehinde had welcomed the juju contest because he was allegedly stabbed without getting injured.

However, when Kehinde used the same weapon on Matthew, he slumped and later died at the Ekiti State University Teaching Hospital (EKSUTH) in Ado Ekiti.

The incident has led to the closure of the school by its authorities following alleged threats by the relations of the victim that they were coming to the school for a retaliatory attack on Friday.

The police have been deployed at the school’s main gate to forestall further breakdown of law and order.

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Teachers were seen standing in groups in the compound while the students who had earlier reported to school were sent back home.

The principal of the School,  Ebenezer Falayi and his Vice, Olurotimi Olaoluwa, while speaking on the incident said they found that it had started at about 2.15pm at a far section of the school compound after the school had closed for the day.

Falayi said they had concluded the day’s closing assembly with the students and that they had been dispersed before noise from the troubled section of the school brought his attention to the development.

He said they found that the victim had been stabbed and teachers mobilised, went to the scene of the fight to ferry the injured Matthew to EKSUTH.

Falayi said: “This incident really saddened us because it could have been avoided. What I gathered from students who were at the spot of the incident was that the duo had argued over who had superior power."

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