Following a video making the rounds of some students from Chrisland School, who were allegedly involved in a case of sexual misconduct in Dubai, United Arabs Emirates, the Lagos State Government has warned against sharing or receiving images of any sort, that depict child pornography.
The State government emphasised that engaging in the act of distributing child pornography is an offense punishable by the law, adding that it can attract a sentence of up to 14 years.
“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,” the government said.
The Lagos State government on Monday, announced the indefinite shut down of Chrisland Schools within the country, following the allegations of rape emanating from the viral video, where students of the school allegedly got involved in sexual impropriety.
The mother of the female pupil who was directly involved, cried out on social media, alleging that the school was trying to cover up the case by suspending her daughter indefinitely.
She further narrated her daughter’s side of the story regarding the incident, saying two boys had lured her into the toilet where they gave her an alcoholic substance. After taking it, she was no longer in control of her senses, and they took turns with her.
“They hijacked her and told her to take a substance, so they were all under the influence. She said after that, she did not know what she was doing again. They told her to be climbing them and someone stood there videoing and posting it out,” she said.
The incident has caused quite an uproar on social media, and investigations are currently on-going.
Reacting to the incident, a member of Chrisland advisory board, Akin Fadeyi stated that no rape happened neither was any pregnancy test was carried out on any of the pupils as widely claimed.
Fadeyi said 76 students had been enlisted for the educational trip to Dubai, while 71 of that figure abided by its code of conduct.
Fadeyi said efforts are in place to provide psychosocial support for all the students who embarked on the trip.
The statement read in part, “We are proud to reassure our stakeholders that no rape of anyone or the administration of a pregnancy test on any child took place on our watch.
“For emphasis, only a COVID post travel test was conducted on the returning delegation of our students, in compliance with COVID-19 travel protocols, at the Life Centre Medical Services on March 21, 2022 at School Hall, Opebi…”