Five-year-old student in swimming lesson drowns in Lagos

Chidera Eze, a five-year-old student at Redeemers Nursery and Primary School in Ogba, Lagos State, died during a swimming session.

The student is believed to have drowned during a school-sponsored swimming lesson at the Ivory Health Club in the Ikeja axis of the state.

Eze and his colleagues are said to have been playing by the pool during practice when he suddenly slipped into it.

Talk with PUNCHAnthony, the student’s father, alleged that school officials neglected his son, leading to his death.

According to him, he had dropped Eze off at school on Monday morning and left for work.

Anthony said Adeola Oladipo, the school principal, called him later to inform him that his son had been involved in an accident and had rushed to Ikeja Medical Center.

“I dropped my children off at Redeemers Nursery and Primary School on Acme Road, Ogba on Monday morning and went to work. At 10.52 a.m. I received a call from their Headmistress, Mrs Adeola Oladipo, and she told me that my son had been involved in an accident and was rushed to Ikeja Medical Center,” he said.

“I rushed there, but what I saw was my son’s lifeless body. I asked the manager what happened and she said she didn’t know. I asked the doctor what had happened and he told me that he had been brought in dead. I asked teachers, caregivers and club workers what happened and they gave no explanation.

“While I was crying, my wife came in; I was trying to manage the information, but the manager informed her as well and as she rushed through the hospital, I became completely confused. I went to the F-area police station and after the policemen took pictures of my son’s corpse, we went to the club.

“When we arrived, we discovered that it was in the adult pool section that they were taking the students. I was alarmed and as the officers investigated we realized CCTV was installed at the club. So we asked to check the CCTV footage and that revealed it all.

Citing CCTV footage from the facility, Anthony also claimed his son was left untreated in the pool for more than 30 minutes before he died.

He further alleged that his son’s corpse was discovered by someone who came swimming in the pool.

“In the footage we saw that the school brought over 15 children, took them to the adult side of the pool and sat them at the tip with their legs in the water and without wearing any kits. We We only saw one caregiver in the video and she was going in and out, leaving the children unattended,” he added.

“My son was at the end of the line when he slipped into the pool the first time, but he managed to get out of the pool. But the second time he slipped into the water, he didn’t This all happened and none of the teachers, caregivers and rescuers noticed what was happening.

“My son was underwater for over 30 minutes and we were all screaming while watching the video. Another student also fell in the water, but her colleagues sounded the alarm and they pulled her out and for this time no one noticed that my son was in the water.

“My son died because of the carelessness of those people who were supposed to take care of him. I want justice to prevent this kind of thing from happening again. Caregivers, rescuers, school management and the Ivoire health club cannot go unpunished. My son’s body has been deposited in the morgue.

The school has not responded to the incident at the time of this report.

TheCable Lifestyle has also contacted Benjamin Hundeyin, the Lagos Police spokesperson, to comment on the matter.

However, he did not respond to calls and text messages sent to him.

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