Modade Oluwa, a six-year-old pupil at Start-Rite International School in Abuja, reportedly died after sustaining internal injuries in her head during a swimming session with her coach, but the school is “attempting” a cover-up.
This was contained in a Twitter post by Jerr Adele who claimed that the minor on November 2, 2022, sustained internal bleeding in her head after her coach “tossed her multiple times in the air at the shallow side of the pool”.
Adenle David, a tweep who claimed the deceased was his cousin wrote: “On Thursday, My little cousin had a swim day at @startriteschool Apparently, the coach advised her to swim as far as possible and swim back, when she got back he tossed her multiple times in the air at the shallow side of the pool, she hit her head and had internal bleeding, even with that, the coach was all the while pushing her in, we later requested the CCTV film and when we arrived, we saw them doctoring the tape.
“Presently the school is open like nothing happened and they aren’t assuming responsibility as well as misleading different guardians.”
‘SCHOOL TAMPERS WITH EVIDENCE‘
The bereaved family alleged that the Start-Rite School, where the accident happened, is trying to cover it up.
According to Jerr, the CCTV video footage of the incident has been tampered with, with part of the tape deleted.
“The school has refused to accept any culpability, and have deleted the portion of the CCTV footage that shows what transpired in the pool. Please help us retweet and share until the school @startriteschool is held accountable.#justiceformodadeola,” Jerr tweeted.
David, similarly alleged that the footage was tampered with and the school has been indifferent over the matter.
“Even with that, the coach was all the while pushing her in, we later requested the CCTV film and when we arrived, we saw them doctoring the tape. “Presently the school is open like nothing happened and they aren’t assuming responsibility as well as misleading different guardians,” he claimed.
HOW MODADE DIED AT THE EMERGENCY CLINIC
According to David, Modade died at the emergency clinic despite a three-hour-long attempt to resuscitate her. Although, it was reasoned that she died even before arriving at the clinic.
His words: “The school called her parents to rush over to the emergency clinic where the child had a minor injury, only for us to reach and find her being applied pressure on, at the emergency clinic. Suspicions are, she died prior to arriving at the emergency clinic.
“We requested for the CCTV, when it arrived, we found out they were doctoring the tape, asides that, the executive of the school actually went to the emergency clinic and told them not to give us the clinical report, until we threatened them before they delivered it.
“Presently the school is open like nothing occurred and they aren’t assuming responsibility as well as misleading different guardians of the school that she was debilitated before she came to school, someone that hasn’t even been to the clinic in almost 2 years.
“Let it be known that the hospital said she had passed on before she even got to the emergency clinic, no CPR was led prior to taking her to the medical clinic. The hospital said they pumped her chest for almost 3 hours.”
Attempts to reach Jerr and Daniel for further details failed as messages sent to them had not been responded to at press time.
When contacted, Start-Rite School refused to comment on the matter. “No comment,” a responder who spoke to WikkiTimes’ call retorted.
Also, the Divisional Police Officer (DPO) of Legislative Quarters in Abuja where the school is located declined to comment. “Please, contact the Commissioner of Police about it,” he told WikkiTimes before hanging the call.
However, Olumuyiwa Adejobi, the Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO) was not available when contacted. A text sent to him had also not been responded to as of press time.