A woman claiming to be the mother of a 10-year-old Chrisland School pupil allegedly raped during a school trip to Dubai has accused the school of threatening to kill the girl if “she speaks out” about her involvement in sexual acts.
“They have been threatening my daughter that if she speaks out, they are going to kill her; that it is men’s world that she should keep quiet, she shouldn’t disclose to me,” the woman lamented in a video circulating on social media.
Peoples Gazette had earlier reported that Chrisland School in Lekki suspended a 10-year-old female pupil who was sexually abused and filmed by her schoolmates during a school trip to Dubai.
The woman accused Chrisland School of a cover-up.
“About a month ago, I was on my way out of Lagos. So, I got a call from Mrs Azike, the headteacher from Chrisland; she called me (to say) that she needed to see me. I said I would come when I returned, and two days later, I came to the school. When I got to the school, I met her with two other women in her office,” the woman explained.
She added, “They wanted me to know my daughter, whom I left in their care that they took to Dubai, kissed a boy, and the boy kissed her, and they found out that they got that kissing thing from ‘truth and dare’, which I said I would curtail her. They said (what) they wanted me to do is to take her phone so they won’t continue practising that, and I said OK.”
Some weeks later, the school’s principal Georgie Azike invited her to a Zoom meeting, she disclosed. At the meeting, “Mr Akin, the meeting host, preached forgiveness,” noting that she was confused about the message. According to her, she did not know about the alleged rape until another parent showed a video of her daughter engaging in sexual acts with her schoolmates.
“So please, I’m begging Nigeria to help me because Chrisland was trying to hide this issue. They were trying to push us out of the way, and my daughter was psychologically insane,” she said. “Please, I need help as a mother. I’m begging fellow Nigerians to help me. The part that Chrisland played to cover up this rape issue.”
She also accused the 10-year-old’s class teacher of verbally abusing the girl, describing her as “a stupid and useless girl in the midst of other students.”
After she and her husband confronted Chrisland School’s management with evidence, the woman alleged their daughter was subsequently suspended.
“They took her to do a pregnancy test without the father knowing and lied to us that they were taking her for a Covid test. Because we have started confronting them, they sent her suspension letter,” she lamented.
Police spokesperson in Lagos, Benjamin Hundeyin, said he was not aware if the woman had not lodged a formal complaint.
“I don’t have any information on that. I think you should contact the mother if she has reported the case to the police,” said Mr Hundeyin.