The Lagos State Government has warned members of the public to desist from distributing footage of students of Chrisland Schools engaging in an “immoral act”.
The PUNCH had reported that pupils from the elite private school located in Victoria Garden City had embarked on a trip to Dubai to participate in the World School Games between March 10 and 13, 2022 when the incident happened.
Following the incident, the school authorities suspended the student indefinitely, stating that she was “a major actor” in an “immoral act”.
But the mother of the student claimed that her daughter was drugged and raped by some male students of the school.
Efforts to reach the school for clarification proved abortive as of the time of filing this report.
Following the controversy generated by the incident, the Lagos State Government shut down all branches of the school in the state.
The state government, in a statement on Monday, warned citizens that sharing such footage amounts to child pornography and could attract up to a 14-year jail term.
“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-centred 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 offence.
“[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,” the statement read in part.
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