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[Update] Whitney: Lagos state govt arraigns Chrisland School, four others for manslaughter

The Lagos State Government on Thursday, March 30, arraigned Chrisland School ltd and four others before an Ikeja High court over the alleged involuntary manslaughter of a 12-year-old student, Whitney Adeniran who died during the school's inter-house sports on February 9.

The state government filed charges of involuntary manslaughter and reckless negligent acts against the school and four others namely the principal, Mrs Belinda Amao, the Vice Principal, Nwatu Victoria, and a teacher in the school, Kuku Fatai. The other defendant is a vendor at the Agege Stadium, Ademoye Adewale.

At the arraignment this morning, the prosecution team led by the Lagos state Commissioner for Justice. Moyosore Onigbanjo told the court that the defendants negligently killed Adeniran by not ensuring her safety at the stadium. The prosecution team added that the defendants acted recklessly and negligently that endangered human life. Onigbanjo, while arraigning the defendants, informed the court that the state would be presenting 17 witnesses against the defendants and that the alleged offence contravened Sections 224 and 251 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

When the charges were read to them, the defendants all pleaded not guilty. The school principal, Belinda Amao, wept profusely as she was put in the dock.

The presiding judge, Justice Oyindamola Ogala admitted the defendants’ on bail after the defence counsel moved the motion for bail dated March 28 and March 29 respectively. There were no objections from the prosecution.

While granting their application for bail, Justice Ogala admitted the first and second defendants to N10 million bail each with two sureties each in like sum. She also admitted the third and the fourth defendants to N20 million bail each with two sureties each in like sum. The judge also ruled that all the sureties must be gainfully employed, have credible and verified evidence of their financial status and reside within the court’s jurisdiction.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the Publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online newspaper in Government, Politics, Sport, Entertainment and Religion. Prevail Inegbenose studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. He is an experienced journalist with 16 years of active and practical journalism. Prevail Inegbenose is the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja - Nigeria. Tel: 08039564796.

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