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Tragic! Queen’s College Health Crisis has Claimed its Third Victim



This is really heartbreaking.

The Queen’s College health crisis has claimed its third victim – an orphan, Praise Sodipo, who died at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.

PUNCH reports that Dr. Frances Ajose, the President of the school’s Old Student’s Association and Dr. Jide Idris, the Lagos state commissioner for health confirmed the tragic development.

Praise has been on life support at the hospital and passed on Thursday night.

“Yes, another pupil died. She was the one in critical condition. I received a call around 1am on Friday about the death. I don’t have much detail yet,” Idris said.

About 1,222 students feel ill as a result of what the state government called a bacterial infection spread through contaminated water.

The first case of illness was recorded in January 16, 2017. Over a dozen students were hospitalised.

The students reported to the sick bay complaining of abdominal pain, fever, vomiting and diarrhoea.

Vivian Osainiyi and Bithia Itulua who were in Junior Secondary School 2 and 3 respectively, passed away as a result of the illness.

The federal ministry of health had ordered an investigation into the case but the principal of the school Dr. Lami Amodu denied the health crisis, adding that people are trying to bring the reputation of the school down.

The principal was later transferred from the school.

“She was one of the first set of students that fell ill. She was an orphan. She went into a coma and was on life support, before she eventually passed on. That has made the death toll to be three now,” one parent said.

Idris as well as other stakeholders had also advised that the school remained shut, however, the school management directed JSS3 and SSS3 students to resume.

One of the parents whose child was also hospitalised but has now been discharged, said the case should be investigated and prosecution should follow.

“This should not be swept under the carpet. There have been three deaths because of the carelessness of one person (the principal, Amodu). We have lost these promising ones and their families are now in sorrow. This case must be probed and all those involved brought to book,” the parent said.


  1. Dr. N

    April 1, 2017 at 10:36 am

    Is that the same principal who vouched for the male teacher accused of inappropriate behaviour towards a student?

    • meeeeeeee

      April 1, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      The same way nothing was done then.

    • Wale

      April 3, 2017 at 5:15 am

      Somebody betta start a hashtag AMODUMUSTPAY campaign on twitter, fb,insta n otha social media networks. Dats the only way dis bloody govt would pay attention cos dey fear the media since its brought them to their knees. That man needs to be prosecuted for real

  2. A Real Nigerian

    April 1, 2017 at 10:53 am

    Why does this keep happening? Why is nobody saying anything or doing anything and why is no one being held accountable?
    Young girls losing their lives because a bunch of selfish, wicked and evil people refuse to do what they are supposed to do and everyone is acting like this is a normal thing.

    “The federal ministry of health had ordered an investigation into the case but the principal of the school Dr. Lami Amodu denied the health crisis, adding that people are trying to bring the reputation of the school down.
    The principal was later transferred from the school.”

    The principal was transferred? Transferred?? Is that what they do to people who were complicit and negligent?? You transfer them to another school so they can do the same thing to other children? When will human life finally mean a thing in this country?
    People are dying and some idiots are talking about the school’s reputation??? What kind of absurd things do we hear in this country?

    RIP Praise, Vivian and Bitha.

  3. Bey

    April 1, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I think QC has outrun its course.
    They should just close off its boarding section since they can’t even maintain the standard anymore.
    Let it run as a day school, that can be easily managed.
    Life is too short for kids to be dieing just to get an education.

    • Red

      April 1, 2017 at 4:32 pm

      I agree. I am a QCOGA and I am truly embarrassed by the level of decrepitude in the standards of the school.. A major overhaul needs to take place. The fact that children were hospitalized, not to mention died, is enough reason for QC to be shut down indefinitely. I am surprised that there are no lawsuits blowing up. This is sad. The Torch has passed…..

  4. Negodu

    April 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Someone ought to be in jail for this. These girls lives matter and someone is responsible for their death either through negligence or what not


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  6. Aramide

    April 1, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    Shut down the school…. It’s as easy as ABC….What is going on here???? 3 lives?? And it is still open…

  7. EC

    April 1, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    Parents pull your kids out of this school.
    If they will not do anything let them feel it where it hurts… their wallets

  8. halima

    August 14, 2021 at 4:03 pm

    what type of principal is that

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