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Chrisland School Will Be Sued For Manslaughter- Sanwo Olu

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The Lagos State Government, led by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has announced that it will sue Chrisland High School, Ikeja, along with some members of staff and a vendor, for “Involuntary Manslaughter and Reckless and Negligent Acts,” following the death of a 12-year-old student, Whitney Adeniran, during a sporting event organised by the school.

Fidel Info reports that In a statement released by the Director of Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Justice, the incident occurred on the 9th of February 2023, during an inter-house sports event at the Agege Sports Stadium.

Whitney Adeniran had reportedly slumped during the event and was immediately rushed to the Agege Central Hospital, where she was confirmed to have been brought in dead by the doctor on duty.

The statement further revealed that the case was referred to the police, who carried out a thorough investigation with the help of other agencies. The file was subsequently forwarded to the DPP’s Office on Monday, March 20, 2023, for review of the duplicate case file.

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

The statement noted that they shall be charged with the offences of 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.

The Lagos State Government’s decision to sue Chrisland High School and others for manslaughter and negligence has come as a shock to many, and has raised questions about the safety measures in place during sporting events in schools.

The case highlights the need for schools to prioritize safety measures during events to prevent such unfortunate incidents from happening in the future.

The Lagos State Government’s move to hold those responsible accountable for their actions is a step in the right direction and is a message to other schools to take the safety of their students seriously.

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