The Lagos state government has closed down all Chrisland schools within the State after a 10-year old pupil of the school was involved in an alleged sex scandal with some other boys who are also students of the school.
The government also warned members of the public to desist from distributing footage of the pre-teen students of Chrisland School involved in what is now being alleged to be a case of rape.
The state government, in a statement on Monday, warned citizens that sharing such footage amounts to child pornography.
In the statement signed by the office of the quality assurance unit of the education ministry, the Lagos government announced a shutdown of Chrisland School pending further investigation of the matter.
“The attention of the Lagos state government has been drawn to the alleged sexual violence case involving students of Chrisland school,” it read.
“In view of the allegations, we are committed to ensuring that adequate medical and psychosocial support is provided.
“This is to reassure members of the public of the State Government’s commitment to safety and child protection.
“[This is] especially in ensuring that all child-centered institutions within the state, formulate and implement policies and systems that are compliant with the Executive Order (NO.EO/AAO8 of 2016), Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Program.
“We also use this medium to remind the general public of the implications pertaining to engaging in any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a child committing an offense.
“[They are] liable to a custodial sentence of fourteen (14) years. This includes producing, distributing, receiving, or possessing an image of child pornography.
“In the meantime, all Chrisland schools within Lagos State are hereby closed, pending further investigations.”
Earlier Chrisland School suspended the 10-year-old female pupil after accusing her of taking part in a truth-or-dare game in Dubai.
Pupils from the elite high school were in Dubai in March to participate in the World School Games between March 10-13, 2022. The school was celebrated for carrying out an impressive display and winning about 34 medals.
In the April 14, 2022, letter to the girl’s parent, seen by Peoples Gazette, authorities at Chrisland School in Victoria Island Garden City told the girl’s father that she took part in “improper behaviour” after playing the truth-or-dare game, describing her as a “major participant.”