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Bullying: Lead British International School Abuja pupil seeks N500m damages

Namtira Bwala, a student at Lead British International School, Abuja, has filed a civil suit against the school management.

Bwala said that the school failed in its obligation to provide a safe and conducive learning environment for her, leading to her being bullied by a student of the school.

The suit was filed at the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, through her lawyer, Marvin Omorogbe, Founding Partner of Deji Adeyanju and Partners.

She is seeking, among others, a public apology that would be published in two national dailies and N500 million in general damages.

She claimed, among others, “A declaration that by the claimant’s studentship in the defendant’s school, Lead British International School, Gwarimpa, Abuja, the defendant owes the claimant a duty of care to protect her from any physical or emotional harm as well as any breach of her privacy while under the defendant’s custody and supervision.

“A declaration that the defendant’s failure to prevent the assault, torment, emotional distress, pain, and trauma suffered by the claimant while under the custody and supervision of the defendant amounts to negligent conduct on the part of the defendant.

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“An order directing the defendant to pay the claimant the sum of N500,000,000.00 (five hundred million naira) as general damages for the defendant’s breach of the duty of care it owes to the claimant, and its negligent conduct in failing to prevent the assault, torment, emotional distress, pain, trauma and breach of privacy suffered by the claimant, while under the defendant’s custody and supervision.

It may be recalled that a viral video had surfaced online of Bwala being physically bullied and assaulted by her classmate, Maryam Hassan.

In the footage, Namtira Bwala was slapped many times and bullied by Maryam while being asked, “Who broke my heart?”

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