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Oromoni: Court resumes sitting, bars journalists from covering minors’ testimonies

By Yetunde Ayobami Ojo
26 April 2022   |   4:02 am
Coroner Magistrate Mikhail Kadiri, yesterday, barred journalists from covering the inquest in line with the Child Rights Act, as minors will be testifying.

Coroner Magistrate Mikhail Kadiri, yesterday, barred journalists from covering the inquest in line with the Child Rights Act, as minors will be testifying.
 
The magistrate took the decision at the resumed hearing of the matter to unravel the circumstances that led to the death of Sylvester Oromoni Junior, a 12-year-old student of Dowen College Lagos. 
 
Two of the students of the school were scheduled to testify before the court yesterday, before the court registrar told newsmen that the hearing was mainly for lawyers, and urged newsmen and other interested parties to leave the courtroom.
 


Confirming the position, a representative of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) Ikeja branch, Mr. Benard Oniga said: “Journalists will be shut out from covering the inquest this week, because minors will be testifying and the purpose is to protect the Child Rights Act.
 
Aside from journalists, interested parties were not allowed in. It was gathered that the parents of the witnesses, Ijaw Youth representative and the uncle of the deceased were sent out of the courtroom. Only lawyers were left in the courtroom.

MEANWHILE, the coroner court sitting has been moved to Ogba Magistrates’ Court as the courtroom in Ikeja has been assigned to one of the new judges.
 
Magistrate Mikhail Kadiri commenced the sitting from Epe Division before the case file was brought to the courtroom in Ikeja.