Chrisland Student Death: Victim’s Father Denies Known Drug Usage Complications

The father of the 12-year-old Chrisland Student Whitney, who died on Feb. 9, Mr. Michael Adeniran, has said that he did not know the use of the drugs that were administered to her daughter on Jan.20 by their family doctor, before her death.

Adeniran said this before an Ikeja High Court while being cross-examined by the fourth defence counsel, Mr. Ademola Animashaun

Animashaun asked if the defendant was aware that the combination of nitrazepam and amitriptyline which was given to the deceased on Jan 20 when she took ill was a semi disaster

Adeniran, however, responded in the negative

“Your daughter complained of anxiety on Jan. 20 and your family doctor prescribed these two drugs for her.

“Do you know that the combination of the two drugs is a semi-disaster?,” Animashaun asked

“Although I do not know what the two drugs were meant for, I disagree with you that the drugs prescribed by the family doctor are semi-disaster.

“On January 20 when I picked her up from school and she complained of anxiety to the Dr, she was given the drugs and her mother made sure she used it the right way,” Whitney’s father said.

The witness further told the court that he would not be surprised if the private pathologist hired by his family was a police pathologist.

He added that he could not remember the name of his friends that came to Agege Hospital where the deceased was rushed when she slumped

A vendor, three other staff members of Chrisland Schools Ikeja, and the school are standing a 2-count charge of involuntary manslaughter and negligence which they pleaded not guilty to.

The defendants were Ademoye Adewale, Kuku Fatai, Belinda Amao, and Nwatu Victoria.

A certificate of identification issued by one Opeyemi Sunday and a USB flash drive containing a phone conversation with Whitney’s father was admitted in evidence.

Whitney’s father had on May 25 tendered three documents against Chrisland School Ikeja in the ongoing trial.

The documents are a medical report from Agege Central Hospital, a medical report from Inland Hospital, Lagos, and a printout of a screenshot of conversations from a Snapchat group page entitled “Lagos Housewives”.

Justice Oyindamola Ogala adjourned the case until Oct. 12 for the continuation of trial

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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