Dr Michael Adeyemi Adeniran, the father of the 12-year-old student of Chrisland International High School, Opebi, Lagos State, who was reported to have slumped and died during the school’s inter-house sports competition, has called on the school authorities to explain the circumstances surrounding his daughter’s death.
The incident occurred during the school’s inter-house sports held at Agege Stadium on Thursday, February 9, 2023.
Dr Adeniran, in a Facebook post, condemned lack of medical care at the venue of the competition.
He wrote, “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 12-year-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 Authority claimed they know nothing about my daughter’s death and all they know is that my daughter slumped and died.
“For the general information of the public, Chrisland school held such a magnificent event without a simple fully equipped Ambulance, no paramedics, medical personnel, or no safety corps, no paramedic except a school quack nurse. Who later confess to me that the child died even at the stadium but she cannot pronounce her dead because she is not a Doctor.
“My question is what happens 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.”
Calling on the Federal Government and Lagos State Government for justice, the father of the student added: “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 management of the school and the Lagos State Police Command are yet to react to the incident as of the time of filing this report.