Whitney Adeniran: Lagos Orders Coroner’s Inquest Into Cause of Death

Lagos State Government has ordered a Coroner’s Inquest to ascertain the cause of death of late Whitney Adeniran, a 12-year-old pupil of Chrisland School, who died on Thursday, February 9, 2023.

State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, gave the directive in a statement, on Monday, noting that a thorough investigation will be carried out to ascertain the cause of death.

He said, “A Coroner’s Inquest has immediately been requested in line with sections 14 and 15 of the Coroners’ Systems Law, Laws of Lagos State 2015, to determine the cause and circumstances of the death of the student”.

“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”, he added.

He noted that as a responsible government, the security and well-being of citizens are of utmost importance, assuring the public that everything will be done to ensure that the cause of death is determined.

“The findings of this investigation will be made public in due course and appropriate sanctions meted out to anyone found culpable”, Onigbanjo stated.

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