Lagos shuts school over four-year-old’s defilement
The Lagos State Government on Wednesday shut down Greater Scholars International School in the Ajah area of the state over the defilement of a four-year-old pupil.
The pupil was reportedly defiled by the school’s security guard, David James, on April 27, 2023 under the guise of cleaning her up.
James has since been arraigned for the offence and remanded.
The 23-year-old was arraigned before Mrs B.O. Osunsanmi of Magistrate’s Court 1, Ogba, on one count of sexual assault.
The pupil’s parents, Mr and Mrs Olusola, had on May 25, 2023, called on the state government to shut down the school.
The parents made the call in an interview with Punch Metro during a protest held at the school gate.
Placards-wielding concerned persons including friends, family members and representatives of non-governmental organisations stormed the school and demanded justice for the child while also calling for the closure of the school.
Pictures that surfaced online on Wednesday showed that the state Ministry of Education sealed the school.
The victim’s father, Mr Olusola, welcomed the development saying, “This means Lagos State Government is working and is willing to do the right thing. We are happy that justice will be served.”
He said the ongoing court case would resume on September 4, 2023.