People

Five Year Old Pupil Drowns, Dies During Swimming Lesson

 

It has been reported that a five-year-old pupil of the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School, Ogba, area of Lagos State, Chidera Eze, has drowned during a swimming lesson organised by the school in the Ikeja area of the state.

According to reports from The PUNCH, some teachers and caregivers of the school took Chidera and his colleagues for the swimming lesson at the Ivory Health Club, Ogundana Street, Ikeja, and negligence on their part led to the drowning and the death of the lad.

 The father of the deceased, Anthony, reportedly stated that, “I dropped my children at the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School on Acme Road, Ogba, on Monday morning, and I went to work. At 10.52 am, I got a call from their head teacher, Mrs Adeola Oladipo, and she told me that my son was involved in an accident and that he had been rushed to the Ikeja Medical Centre.”

According to him, “I rushed down there, but what I saw was my son’s lifeless body. I asked the head teacher what happened and she said she did not know. I asked the doctor what happened and he said he was brought in dead. I asked the teachers, caregivers, and workers at the club what happened and they gave no explanation.”

He noted that, “As I was crying, my wife came in; I was trying to manage the information, but the head teacher also informed her and as she ran into the hospital, I became totally confused. I went to the Area F Police Station and after the policemen took pictures of my son’s corpse, we went to the club.”

He added that “When we got there, we discovered that it was the adult swimming pool section that they took the pupils to. I was alarmed and while the policemen were investigating, we realised that CCTV was installed at the club. So, we demanded to check the CCTV footage and it revealed everything.”

 He disclosed that, “In the footage, we saw that the school brought more than 15 children, took them to the adult side of the swimming pool and made them sit at the tip with their legs in the water and without wearing any kits. We saw only one caregiver in the video and she was just going in and coming out, leaving the children unmanned.”

He maintained that, “My son was at the tail end of the line when he slipped into the pool the first time but he was able to bring himself out of the pool. But the second time he slipped into the water, he could not come out. All these happened and none of the teachers, caregivers, and lifeguards noticed what was happening.”

He lamented that, “My son was under the water for over 30 minutes and we were all shouting as we watched the video. Another pupil also fell into the water, but her colleagues raised the alarm and they pulled her out and while this was going on, nobody noticed my son was inside the water.”

He dejectedly stated that, “My son died because of the recklessness of these people who were supposed to take care of him. I want justice to forestall this kind of thing from happening again. The caregivers, lifeguards, school management and the Ivory Health Club can’t go unpunished. My son’s corpse has been deposited in the morgue.”

https://punchng.com/five-year-old-pupil-drowns-during-swimming-lesson-in-lagos/?amp

About the author

Esther Ifeoluwa

Add Comment

Click here to post a comment

Follow Us On

follow us, share and be part of Nigeria premier undiluted news.

Media 1

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Don’t miss out. Get the latest
news!

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Ad

Media Show

Viral Videos