By Sunday Elijah
Parents of a 12-year-old student of Chrisland International School, Opebi Ikeja branch, are accusing the school for negligence leading to the death of their daughter, Whitney Adeniran. The student allegedly died during the school’s inter-house sports activities on Thursday, at Agege Stadium in Lagos – a facility the school uses for its sporting activities.
Whitney’s father, Michael Adeniran, went on social media Saturday night, to cry out over the death of his daughter,
According to reports, the Whitney had no health condition or sickness as at when the school bus picked her up for the event
Mr. Adeniran, who also said that there was no explanation given to himself and his wife from the school, added that his wife was present at the stadium, but the school did not call her attention to the incident immediately.
He has subsequently called on the Lagos State Government and the police to look into the matter and get justice for his slain child.
Adeniran wrote, “To the biggest shock of my life by 1 pm in the afternoon, I got a call from my wife that she was informed that our daughter slumped at the inter-house sport and she was rushed to the clinic.
“My wife was at the venue even before the event started. She was never informed or called until they have conveyed our child out of the venue before they informed her. On arrival of my wife at the health center where they took my daughter. my daughter was lying dead with her lips black and her tongue black.
“My wife called me urgently, I left my office to the place and found my 12year old daughter lying dead on the ground. I asked questions about what happened to my daughter and the school authority could not get me any information as to what happened to my child in their care.
“I gave Chrisland school a healthy vibrant young girl what Chrisland returned to me is a dead child. My entire family is in deep sorrow but the school Authority claimed they know nothing about my daughter’s death and all they know is that my daughter slumped and died.”
Adeniran further said the school had no ambulance or paramedics at the event, except for a nurse he described as a “quack,” who he said later confessed that the child died at the stadium.
He added that, “My question is what happened to my daughter at Agege stadium? As a father, I demand answers from Chrisland International High School. I am in deep pain and sorrow right now. If you are a father you will understand my pain. My daughter is highly loved by us. We cherished her existence and we can never allow an institution to gloss over the death of our daughter.
“Since we started asking this question. The school has been asking us to back down from the autopsy and I know they know their way into the system. I am calling on the pathology department of @lasuth to please be honest with their result. Lagos State government, Nigerian Government, please intervene.”
Many Nigerians have taken to social media to demand justice for the dead child, calling on the government and the police to intervene.
In recent years the school had become a centre of crisis. In 2022, a branch of the school was involved in a drama – a mother alleged that her daughter, a pupil of Chrisland Schools in Victoria Garden City, Lagos, was raped during the world school games held in Dubai. This resulted in the arraignment of four teachers.
In 2019, a former staff of the school was sentenced to 60-year jail term for defiling a two-year-old girl in 2016.