The Lagos State Government will commence the trial of Chrisland School, Opebi, and some employees over the death of one of the school’s pupils, 12-year-old Whitney Adeniran today Thursday.
It can be recalled that Adeniran slumped on February 9, 2023, during an inter-house sports activity by the Chrisland school at the Agege Sports Stadium.
According to a statement by the Director, of Public Affairs (DPP), Lagos State Ministry of Justice, on February 9, 2023, upon slumping during the event, Adeniran was rushed to the Agege Central Hospital, Agege, Lagos, where she was confirmed ‘brought in dead by the doctor on duty.
An autopsy later carried out at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, Ikeja, indicated that the pupil died of asphyxia and electrocution.
On March 23, 2023, the DPP issued his legal advice having established a prima facie case of involuntary manslaughter and reckless and negligent acts against the school, some members of its workers, and one of the vendors.
The parties to be arraigned before Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja are Chrisland school workers, Ademoye Adewale, Kuku Fatai, Mrs. Belinda Amao, Nwatu Ugochi Victoria and Chrisland School Limited.
The defendants will be tried on a two-count charge bordering on involuntary manslaughter, and reckless and negligent acts contrary to Sections 224 & 251 of the Criminal Law, C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State filed by the state.
The DPP, Dr. Babajide Martins, leading other lawyers, will prosecute the case on behalf of the state.
It was gathered that the defence team will include Chief Bolaji Ayorinde, SAN, Mr Yele Delano, SAN, Chief Richard Ahonaruogho, SAN and Mr Kayode Enitan,SAN, leading other counsel.
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