The Lagos State Government Mulls Suing Chrisland School, Others Over Pupil’s Death

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The Lagos State Government is seriously considering suing Chrisland High School, Ikeja, the state capital, South-West Nigeria, following the death of a 12-year-old student, Whitney Adeniran, during a school-organised sporting event.

The State Government also intends to join a number of the school’s staff members and one of the vendors in the suit for “Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless and Negligent Acts”.

The Lagos State Ministry of Justice’s Director of Public Affairs revealed this in a statement posted on the Ministry’s website.

“On the 9th of February 2023, Whitney Omodesola Adeniran, a student of Chrisland High School, Ikeja, aged 12 years, slumped during the Inter-house Sports organised by the school at the Agege Sports Stadium and was subsequently rushed to the Agege Central Hospital, Agege, Lagos, where she was confirmed ‘brought in dead’ (BID) by the doctor on duty,” the statement read in part.

The case was referred to the Police, who “carried out a thorough investigation with the assistance of other agencies,” according to the statement, and “the file (of the case) was subsequently forwarded to the DPP’s (Director of Public Prosecution’s) Office on Monday, 20th March, 2023, for review of the duplicate case file.”

“On March 23, 2023, the DPP issued his Legal Advice, concluding that a prima facie case of Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless and Negligent Acts had been established against the school, some staff members, and one of the vendors.”

As a result, they will be charged with “involuntary manslaughter and reckless and negligent acts contrary to Sections 224 & 251 of the Criminal Law, Ch C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.”

“Information will be filed in accordance with the DPP’s legal advice.” Certified True Copies of the Legal Advice can be found on the Ministry of Justice’s website (www.lagosstatemoj.org.).”

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