Lagos court commences inquest on death of Chrisland school pupil
A Lagos Magistrate’s Court sitting in Ogba, will today commence coroner inquest on the death of Whitney Omodesola Adeniran, the late student of Chrisland School, Opebi, Lagos.
The Guardian learnt that Magistrate (Mrs.) O. Fajana will commence sitting to unravel circumstances surrounding the death of the 12-year-old girl, who died on February 9, 2023, during the school’s inter-house sports at the Agege Stadium, Lagos.
She was buried last Thursday in Lagos, after an autopsy, conducted by Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), dated March 1, 2023 , revealed that she died as a result of asphyxia and electrocution.
Already, the state government through the Ministry of Justice disclosed that certain persons were making plans to exhume the body of the deceased.
Director, Public Affairs in the ministry, Grace Alor, in a statement, said: “The Lagos State Ministry of Justice is aware of the current ongoing dialogue about the alleged plans to exhume the body of the late Whitney Omodesola Adeniran, a student of Chrisland Schools whose as revealed by the autopsy, conducted by Lagos State University Teaching Hospital was as a result of asphyxia and electrocution.
“Whilst we have not received any such official communication requesting for exhumation, however if and when we do receive such a request, we shall be opposed to it.
“The circumstances for exhumation under the Coroners’ Systems Law, 2015 do not arise in this case.
“Additionally, it is not our intention to further traumatize the deceased’s family. We are working closely with the police who have given their reassurance that the duplicate case file would be forwarded on Monday, 6th of March, 2023 to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to aid the speedy issuance of Legal Advice.
“The Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, (SAN) had earlier said that the post-mortem report revealed the cause of death to be Asphyxia and Electrocution.
“The Directorate of Public Prosecutions had been instructed to issue Legal Advice on the matter with immediate effect.
“The Lagos State Government commiserates with the deceased’s family while reassuring Lagosians that anybody found culpable would immediately be charged to court.”
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