The Lagos State Government says it will prosecute Chrisland School, Ikeja, for alleged involuntary manslaughter and reckless and negligent act after a 12-year-old student, Whitney Adeniran, died from electrocution during the school’s inter-house sport.
The News Agency of Nigeria reported that the Director of Public Affairs in the ministry, Mrs Grace Alo, in a statement on Friday, said the case was referred to the Nigeria Police, which carried out a thorough investigation with the help of other agencies.
“The file was subsequently forwarded to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions on March 20 for review of the duplicate case file.
“On March 23, the DPP issued its legal advice and came to the conclusion 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 will therefore be charged with the offences contrary to sections 224 and 251 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015,” the statement added.
The state government said information would be filed in accordance with the legal advice issued by the DPP and certified true copies of the legal advice available on the website of the Ministry of Justice.
NAN reported that on February 9, the deceased slumped during the inter-house sports organised by the school at the Agege Sports Stadium and was subsequently rushed to Agege Central Hospital, Agege, Lagos, where she was confirmed “brought in dead” by the doctor on duty.
The state had on March 2 said the post-mortem report issued by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital showed the cause of the death was asphyxia and electrocution.