Lagos shuts down Chrisland Schools as probe begins

Lagos State Government says it has indefinitely shut down all Chrisland Schools in the state following sexual activity by students of the school during a trip to Dubai.

The shutdown notice was contained in a press statement on Monday.

“The attention of the Lagos State Government has been drawn to the alleged sexual violence case involving students of Chrisland Schools which occurred in Dubai, United Arab Emirates,” the statement read.

“It is pertinent to note that all allegations are being investigated by the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, including the Ministry of Education, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Ministry of Justice and the Lagos State Domestic and Sexual Violence Agency, whilst the criminal allegations have been escalated to the Commissioner of Police.

“In view of the allegations, we are committed to ensuring that adequate medical and pscyho-social support is provided.

“This is to reassure members of the public of the State Government’s commitment to safety and child protection, especially in ensuring that all child-centred institutions within the state, formulate and implement policies and systems that are compliant with the Executive Order (NO.EO/AA08 of 2016), Lagos State Safeguarding and Child Protection Program.”

The government reminded the public that anyone who engages in producing, distributing, receiving, or possessing an image of child pornography commits an offence and is liable to a custodial sentence of 14 years.

“In the meantime, all Chrisland Schools within Lagos State are hereby closed, pending further investigations,” the statement added.