Social worker: Whitney Adeniran’s parents are not required to inform Chrisland School about her panic attack

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In a courtroom drama that unfolded at the Ikeja High Court, Jubril Yakubu, the deputy director at the Lagos State Ministry of Youth and Social Development, took a stance that sent ripples through the proceedings. Facing cross-examination by Richard Ahonaruogho (SAN), the second defense counsel, Yakubu boldly asserted that the responsibility did not lie with Whitney Adeniran’s parents to disclose her panic attacks to Chrisland School authorities.

The Lagos State Government had brought charges against Chrisland Schools and several individuals following the tragic death of Adeniran. Allegedly electrocuted during a school sports event on February 9, 2023, the case had gripped public attention.

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Yakubu’s testimony shed light on the limitations of his role. He clarified that investigating the Agege Stadium, where the incident occurred, wasn’t within his purview. Instead, his focus remained on the welfare and protection of children within the school environment. Amidst the legal volley, he emphasized the importance of transparency, consultation, and early intervention in safeguarding students.

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The social worker’s report, presented in court, underscored his commitment to uncovering the truth behind Adeniran’s death. However, questions arose regarding the involvement of relevant stakeholders and the dissemination of vital policies. Yakubu acknowledged gaps in documentation but remained steadfast in his assertion that the school should have been aware of its obligations.

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When pressed about the parents’ role in disclosing Adeniran’s medical history, Yakubu maintained that the school, as custodians, bore primary responsibility. His remarks sparked debates about accountability and the duty of care owed to students.

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As the courtroom drama unfolded, the judge adjourned proceedings, leaving lingering questions about the tangled web of responsibility and the pursuit of justice in the tragic aftermath of Adeniran’s death.

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