Chrisland Rented Stadium Lacks Emergency Facilities for Whitney-Lagos Official

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Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Mr Yakubu Abisogun, revealed during a trial session Justice Oyindamola Ogala of the State High Court, Ikeja, that the Agege Stadium, where a tragic incident occurred during a school sports event, lacked essential emergency facilities.

The incident involved the electrocution of Whitney Adeniran, a 12-year-old student of Chrisland School Opebi, during an inter-house sports competition held on February 8, 2023.

During cross-examination by defense counsel Olukayode Enitan, the deputy director from the Ministry of Youth and Social Development confirmed the ownership of the stadium by the Lagos State Government.

Moreover, he acknowledged that despite the stadium being rented out to the school for the event, it lacked necessary emergency provisions, a revelation that raised pertinent safety concerns.

On the 9th of February, 2023, Chrisland School, Opebi, Lagos, organized an Inter-house Sports at the Agege Sports Stadium for its students and during the Inter-house Sports, one of the students, Whitney Omodesola Adeniran, aged 12 years was said to have been electrocuted. A doctor who examined her shortly after she was rushed to a nearby hospital, said she was brought in dead.

The prosecution’s case against Chrisland School, its principal, and other defendants stemmed from allegations of negligence leading to Whitney Adeniran’s tragic demise. It was asserted that the defendants failed to ensure her safety during the sports event, prompting the Lagos State Government to file criminal charges against them.

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During the continuation of the trial, Mr. Abisogun, the third prosecution witness, reaffirmed his testimony. When questioned about the responsibility of the Sports Commission regarding medical facilities for emergencies, he stated that it was not within their purview.Additionally, he referenced Law No. 4, which outlines the commission’s mandate to maintain clean fields and premises for sporting events, as documented in the Official Gazette of Lagos State No. 9 Volume 50.

Following his testimony, Mr. Abisogun also affirmed that the stadium falls under an executive order within the Safeguard Policy of the Lagos State Government, categorizing it as a recreation center.He admitted unawareness regarding any fees associated with the stadium’s usage.

However, Justice Ogala adjourned further cross-examination of the witness to April 18, 2024.

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