Lagos Govt. orders Coroner’s inquest into Chrisland Schools’ student death

The Lagos state government has ordered a Coroner’s inquest into the death of a 12-year-old Chrisland Schools’ pupil, Omodesola Whitney Adeniran.

This comes on the wake of the government’s directive that the school be shut.

Moyosore Onigbanjo, the commissioner of justice in the state, revealed this in a statement he issued on Monday.

Onigbanjo, while promising a detailed probe of the student’s death, said the inquest was “in line with section 14 and 15 of the Coroners’ Systems Law, Laws of Lagos State 2015, to determine the cause and circumstances of death.”

He added that by “Section 14(1)(d) of the Coroners’ System Law of the State: “A report of death shall be made to any of the agencies for the report of death or the office of the Coroner and be subject to post-mortem examination where there is reasonable cause to believe that the cause of death was: violent, unnatural or suspicious.

“Section 15(1) and (9) further enjoins the Coroner to hold an inquest whenever he or she is informed that the death of the deceased person was in a violent, unnatural or suspicious situation or believes an inquest is desirable following the report of a reportable death.”

The commissioner promised that “the findings of this investigation will be made public in due course and appropriate sanctions meted out to anyone found culpable.”


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