The untimely death of Whitney Adeniran, a 12-year-old student of Chrisland High School in Ikeja, Lagos, has been a topic of discussion for many Nigerians over the past few weeks. Whitney, who was a promising young girl, lost her life during the school’s inter-house sports activities at Agege Stadium in Lagos on February 9. Her mother, Blessing Adeniran, accused Chrisland of negligence in her daughter’s death, sparking a public outcry.
After weeks of investigations and speculations, the Lagos State Government has confirmed that Whitney died as a result of asphyxia and electrocution. Moyosore Onigbanjo, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, revealed this in a statement on Thursday.
According to the attorney-general, a post-mortem conducted on the young girl revealed that her death was caused by suffocation and electrocution.
This revelation has further heightened the tension surrounding the incident, with many Nigerians calling for justice to be served. Whitney’s death has brought to light the issue of safety in Nigerian schools and the need for proper regulations to be put in place to prevent similar occurrences in the future.
Many parents and guardians are now asking questions about the safety measures in place in their children’s schools, and the government is under pressure to ensure that schools in the country are safe for students.
The management of Chrisland High School had earlier denied any wrongdoing and dismissed insinuations that there was foul play in the death case. They claimed that Whitney slumped in public and that she had complained about “not-too-buoyant health” a few days before her death.
However, the latest report from the Lagos State Government has contradicted their claims, and this has led to renewed calls for the school to be held accountable for Whitney’s death.
The attorney-general has instructed the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to issue legal advice on the matter, and the public is eagerly waiting for the outcome of the investigation. Many Nigerians are hoping that justice will be served in this case, and that Whitney’s death will not be in vain.
The incident has highlighted the importance of safety in schools, and the need for the government to take proactive measures to prevent such tragedies in the future.