Chrisland Schools has denied that a 10-year old pupil was raped during a sporting event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
The reaction of the school comes barely 24 hours after school was shut down indefinitely by the Lagos State Government pending the conclusion of its investigation.
Chrisland Schools denied conducting a pregnancy test for the student in question, stressing that, only COVID-19 tests were carried out.
In a statement signed by Akin Fadeyi, a member of Chrisland advisory board, the school said, “We cannot help but express how scandalised and distressed we feel as mothers, fathers, and instructors with a relationship that holds a direct bearing on the development of those involved.
“While we hasten to affirm that, as an institution that is managing children from diverse backgrounds, we cannot lay claim to, or embark on any sense of self-righteousness in our approach.
“But we learn and evolve within the frames of best practices every single day,” the statement read.
Reacting to the sexual assault on the 10-year old pupil, the Lagos government said, “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.
“It is pertinent to note that all allegations are being investigated by the relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies, including Ministry of Education, Office of Education Quality Assurance, Ministry of Youth and Social Development, Ministry of Justice and the Lagos State Domestic & 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.
The Lagos government added that, “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-centered 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.
“We also use this medium to remind the general public that any person who engages in any visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct involving a child, commits an offence and is liable to custodial sentence of fourteen (14) years. This includes “producing, distributing, receiving, or possessing an image of child pornography”.