The Lagos state government has shut Chrisland School over distributing footage of pre-teen students of the school involved in what is now being alleged to be a case of rape.
A woman had earlier claimed that her 10-year-old daughter was raped during a trip to Dubai which was organised by the Lagos school.
Pupils from the private school located in Victoria Garden City were in the UAE to participate in the World School Games between March 10 and 13, 2022 when the incident happened.
But in the now-viral video, the pupil’s mother claimed that footage of the incident has been distributed on social media platforms.
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.”