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Court grants Chrisland staff bail following conspiracy charges

…adjourns case to June 13, 2022

The Lagos State Magistrate Court in Yaba has granted bail of N300,000 each to four Chrisland Schools staff who accompanied students of the school to Dubai for the World School Games where a female student was sexually abused by her colleagues.

The four staff Oladotun Sotunde (56), Elesho Tajudeen (32), Rhoda Olanipekun (45), and Ajiboye Hammed (41) were arraigned by the Lagos State Police Command on charges of conspiracy and an attempt to pervert justice.

The teachers on Tuesday appeared before Chief Magistrate Adeola Adedayo who admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N300,000 each with three responsible sureties each in like sum.

She added that the sureties must submit copies of their National Identification Number (NIN), and their Lagos State Residents Registration Agency (LASRRA) card, and one surety must be a landowner.

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In addition to the above condition, all the sureties must reside within the court’s jurisdiction and be gainfully employed with evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

Adebayo ruled that the case file be duplicated and sent to the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) for legal advice as she adjourned it to June 13th.

Yetunde Cardoso, police officer in charge of the Legal Department at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID) Panti, appeared with Augustine Nwabuisi for the prosecution stating that the defendants committed the offense on April 25, at Chrisland School in Victoria Garden City, Lagos.

Cardoso said the defendants were asked to chaperone the students to Dubai for a world school games where the students engaged in indecent sexual acts and also made a video which the teachers conspired to conceal.

She stated that the teachers allegedly obstructed the course of justice by hiding the indecent acts of the students’ sex video before it later went viral which flouts provisions 411 and 97 (1) (3) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).

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