Chrisland School and Staff Arraigned over Student’s Death
Lagos State Government Takes Chrisland School Limited and Four Staff to Court over Student’s Death During Inter-House Sport
The Lagos State government has arraigned Chrisland School Limited and four of its staff before the state High Court sitting in Ikeja over the death of a student, Adeniran Whitney, who died during the school’s inter-house sport.
The staff of the school arraigned are Ademoye Adewale, Kuku Fatai, Belinda Amao, and Nwatu Victoria. They have been charged with allegedly killing Miss Adeniran on February 9, 2023, at about 1 pm, in Agege Sports Stadium, Agege, Lagos by acting in a reckless and negligent manner that endangered her life.
According to the state Attorney General, Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, the state had filed two count charges against the defendants and urged the court to take their plea. After the charges were read, the defendants pleaded not guilty to the allegations.
The Attorney General informed the court that the state has seventeen witnesses and as such will be praying for a date to open trial. The oral application was not opposed by all the defendants’ counsel.
Justice Oyindamola Ogala, who presided over the matter, thereafter fixed May 25, June 1, 8, and 15 for the commencement of trial.
It would be recalled that Adeniran Whitney, a student of Chrisland School, died during an inter-house sport at the Agege Sports Stadium, Agege, Lagos, on February 9, 2023. This incident sparked public outrage, with many Nigerians calling for an investigation into the matter.
The Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Education, promised to investigate the incident and bring the perpetrators to book. The arraignment of the school and its staff is seen as a step towards ensuring justice for Adeniran Whitney and her family.