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Death of Chrisland’s 12-Year-Old Student: The Story So Far

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By Eric Elezuo

Thursday, February 9, 2023, was supposed to be the happiest day in the life of both staff and students of Chrisland School, Opebi, Ikeja, as all looked forward to the school’s Inter-house sports competition.

For the Adendirans, their 12 years old precious daughter, Whitney, was going to be a beauty to watch, and so the mother made plans to attend the event in person at the Agege Stadium.

But what was supposed to be a happy moment for staff and students of Chrisland School, and the Adedirans as well as a host of other parents turned to a nightmare. Whitney supposed slumped while the events were on. She was rushed to the clinic where she was pronounced dead.

Both the parents and teachers of the school are still at a loss as to what transpired, and may have led to the sudden death of the student.

Recall that the death of the student is the second time in recent times the school will come under the radar for the wrong reasons. Earlier in 2022, students of the institution were captured on video engaging in sexual while on excursion to Dubai.

A lot of people people have commented on the matter raising concerns on what could have happened.

According to a staff of the institution, who preferred anonymity, the said student just slumped and died, and the whole matter surprised everyone.

“She didn’t participate in any competition, not even marching. We are still wondering what must have happened. Only God knows,” the source said.

Commenting on the tragic incident, father of the child, Micheal Adeniran, said his daughter was not sick when the school bus picked her up for the event.

“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 Authorities claimed they know nothing about my daughter’s death and all they know is that my daughter slumped and died.

“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,” the  bereaved father wrote in a social media post.

The girl’s mother also made a public post about the sad event.

According to the mother, she was in the inter-house sports event when she discovered her daughter was nowhere to be found during the school activities.

“During the match past, I looked, the first house matched, I didn’t see my child. The second house matched, but I didn’t see my child. The third house matched, but I didn’t see my child. I became worried”, she said.

Along the line, she had decided to search for her child around the stadium, then a student had revealed to her that Whitney fainted and was rushed to a clinic

She further stated that no teacher or staff called her to speak of her daughter’s state, and after meeting a staff, they said her daughter had been rushed to the hospital.

Upon her arrival at the hospital, she met her daughter’s corpse on the bed, she said, “I went in there and saw my daughter’s corpse. I saw my daughter on her deathbed. She was already dead when I saw her. She was drenched and soaked to her skin. Water was dripping out. I screamed, I called on God. I shouted. I called on God”

Mrs. Adeniran further stated that the school claimed that her daughter suffered from a cardiac arrest which led to her death.

“How can a 12-year-old have a cardiac arrest? No pre-existing medical or heart condition. Even if they claim it was cardiac arrest, how can one single arrest kill a healthy teenager?”

In light of the grievous event, the school management also released a press statement on Sunday, to shed light on what had transpired.

The statement read; “The management and staff of Chrisland Schools Limited, with a deep sense of loss, announce the death of our precious student, Whitney Adeniran; whose painful exit occurred on Thursday, February 9th, 2023.

“We are heartbroken and distressed. Whitney was one of our Day students who opted not to participate in the inter-house sports match past for reasons we were not very sure of.

“However, on discretion, we respected her decision to err on the side of caution, because, on January 20, 2023, it is in our records that she had complained about not-too-buoyant health and we immediately contacted her parents.

“Her father, Mr. Michael Adeniran, came to the school to take her home. We emphasized to her parents to take a critical look at her.

“Our immediate response was to take advantage of proximity to first-aid, by identifying the nearest medical facility to take her to, where the doctor on duty, administered oxygen and every aid possible on her.

“We immediately notified regulatory stakeholders and agencies to allow for a comprehensive evaluation and assessment of the developments.”

“In spite of the compelling imperatives to fill any information gaps in public space, we stopped short of making any media sensation out of this, because the deceased in question, was a minor and is deserving of our unqualified respect.”

“We also prioritized according to respect for the privacy of the family and were with them consistently, to mourn together. This is a painful loss for all of us,”

“As we continue to uphold the sobriety of this moment, we resist any urge to join issues on her treasured memory, in media trends.”

“As we await the outcome of an independent post-mortem process, we remain unwaveringly committed to supporting the family at this critical moment and pray fervently for the fortitude to bear her painful loss,”

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, verified the happening the case was under investigation and necessary measures were being put in place.

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Gunmen Abduct Three Fouani Brothers in Lagos

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Three brothers who work for Fouani Nigeria Ltd have reportedly been abducted in Lagos state, according to a TheCable’s report.

Fouani Nigeria Ltd specialises in electronics and is the sole distributor of LG, Hisense and Maxi products in Nigeria.

The brothers; Abbas Fouani, Youssef Fouani and Amtal Fouani, were said to have been abducted around 6pm on Friday.

They were reportedly coming from their factory by boat when they were abducted.

The Lagos police command confirmed the abduction to TheCable.

“We got a report about the abduction and we have commenced investigations,” TheCable quoted Benjamin Hundeyin, the command’s spokesperson.

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Eid-ui-Adha: FG Declares Monday, Tuesday As Public Holidays

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The Federal Government has declared Monday and Tuesday as public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-ui-Adha celebration.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Interior, Dr. Aishetu Gogo Ndayako, disclosed this in a statement on Friday.

He said the Minister of Interior, Dr. Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, made the declaration on behalf of the Federal Government, and congratulated all Muslim Ummah both at home and in the Diaspora on this occasion.

“He called on the Muslim Ummah to continue to imbibe the spirit of peace, kindness and sacrifice, as exemplified by Prophet Ibrahim (Peace be upon Him) and to also use the period to pray for unity, prosperity and the stability of our country,” the statement read.

“The Minister assured that the Administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu GCFR is committed to safeguarding the  lives and property of all Nigerians.

“While wishing the Muslim Ummah a happy Eid-ul- Adha celebration, the Minister advised all Nigerians to take responsibility in the resolve to hand over a prosperous Nigeria to our children.”

On June 7, the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, declared Sunday, June 16, as Eid-el-Kabir day after affirming that Friday is the first day of Dhul Hijjah.

Sultan disclosed this in a statement by the Chairman of the Advisory Committee on Religious Affairs to the Sultanate Council, Sambo Junaid, in Sokoto State.

“His Eminence, the Sultan felicitates with Nigeria’s Muslim Ummah and wishes them Allah’s guidance and blessings.

“The Sultan, while urging the Muslim Ummah to continue to pray for peace, progress and development of the country also wishes all Muslims a Happy Eid-El-Kabir. May Allah (SWT) accept our religious deeds, amen”, the Sultanate council said in the statement.

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FRSC Corps Marshal Mourns Death of 19 Commuters on Jebba Road, Cautions Drivers on Overspeeding

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The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Shehu Mohammed has expressed displeasure over the alarming rate of recklessness by drivers, who have continued to contravene established traffic regulations and causing undue harm to lives and unprecedented destruction to property.

The Corps Marshal stated this, according to a statement signed by the Public Education Officer, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, and made available to the National Association of Online Security News Publishers (NAOSNP), in the wake of a fatal road traffic crash that occured at Kanbi village, on the Olooru new Jebba road in Kwara State at exactly 2000HRS on Thursday 13 June, 2024.

This is inspite of the efforts put in place by the Federal Road Safety Corps to reduce Carnage’s on the nation’s highways,

Preliminary investigations reveal that the crash occured as a result of excessive speed and wrongful overtaking, and involves two vehicles; a blue Iveco trailer with no trace of registration and a white Toyota Hiace bus with registration number LSD363YE.

A total of 25 persons comprising 13 male adults, five female adults, two female children and five male children were invved in the crash.

While 19 persons were killed, comprising 11 male adults, 3 female adults, 3 male children, and 2 female children, five were injured (3 male adults and 2 female adults).

The injured victims have been rescued to Orisun Ayo hospital, 1 corpse was deposited at the morgue of the same hospital while the remaining 18 dead bodies were claimed by the families of the deceased.

You would recall that in recent time, the Corps, apart from setting up an Inter-agency Joint Task Force to tackle the excesses of trailer drivers, equally enhanced its enlightenment campaigns as well as ensured robust engagement of stakeholders, especially the various transport unions all in a bid to curb the ugly occurrences.

In line with his 2024 agenda for drastic reduction in road carnage’s, the Corps Marshal has therefore, directed Commanding Officers to intensify special patrol operations against these identified violations.

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