Lagos State Takes Drastic Measures: School Closure Follows Appalling Defilement of Four-Year-Old
In a resolute move aimed at addressing a distressing incident, the Lagos State Government has taken the step to temporarily shut down the premises of Greater Scholars International School, located in the Ajah area of the state. This action comes in light of a deeply disturbing incident where a four-year-old pupil fell victim to defilement allegedly perpetrated by the school’s security personnel, identified as David James. The unsettling incident reportedly occurred on April 27, 2023, under the pretext of offering assistance in cleaning the child.The accused, David James, has been subjected to legal proceedings in response to the grave offense. Following the arraignment of the 23-year-old security guard, the court proceedings, presided over by Mrs. B.O. Osunsanmi of Magistrate’s Court 1 in Ogba, have commenced. The charge brought against James is one count of sexual assault, reflecting the gravity of the alleged offense.The catalyst for this impactful action was the impassioned plea made by the aggrieved parents of the victim, Mr. and Mrs. Olusola. The couple, in their pursuit of justice for their child, vociferously called upon the Lagos State Government to intervene by closing down the institution. This call was made during an interview with PUNCH Metro, as the Olusolas, along with a gathering of like-minded individuals, staged a protest at the gates of the school.The protest, punctuated by placard-bearing attendees that included friends, family members, and representatives of non-governmental organizations, projected a united demand for justice for the child in question. Simultaneously, the collective call for the immediate suspension of the school’s operations reverberated prominently.Photographic evidence, which emerged on Wednesday, showcased the tangible result of the Lagos State Ministry of Education’s intervention – the physical sealing of the school premises. This administrative action underscores the authorities’ commitment to addressing the incident and ensuring the safety of the students.Speaking about the development, the victim’s father, Mr. Olusola, expressed his satisfaction, stating, “This development signifies that the Lagos State Government is proactive and committed to upholding justice. We are heartened by the prospect of justice being duly served.” The legal proceedings surrounding the case are set to resume on September 4, 2023, as the pursuit of justice continues in earnest.