Chrisland: Lawyers Disagree Over Autopsy Report As Court Schedules Inquest Hearing

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The hearing for the Coroner Inquest to determine the cause of death of Whitney Adeniran, a 12-year-old student at Chrisland Schools in Ikeja who died on February 9, 2023, during the school’s inter-house sports activities at Agege Stadium in Lagos, has been fixed for April 4.

Following the submissions of all the lawyers who appeared before the Magistrate Court in Ogba, the Coroner Magistrate, Olabisi Fajana, scheduled this date on Monday.

During the court session, the legal representative for the deceased’s family, Femi Falana (SAN), told the court that they were unable to submit a witness statement on the previously postponed date as instructed by the court.

Falana indicated that the magistrate’s registry failed to process the witness statement enrolment because there was no provision for filing coroner processes.

Meanwhile, Enitan, the school’s lawyer, told the court that he had filed an application asking authorization to access samples and materials for an independent evaluation of the autopsy report.

Falana said that they had not yet received any notification about the situation.

He claimed that the deceased’s autopsy was performed in the presence of school representatives and other relevant parties.

In response to Enitan’s application, Lagos State lawyer Akin George emphasized that the state had just received a letter and not an official application.

He added that the state would provide a response when the time was appropriate.

As a result, Magistrate Fajana postponed the start of the trial until April 4 and instructed all lawyers to ensure that their processes were filed and confirmed by April 3.

Lagos State Government confirmed the autopsy report revealed by Whitney’s mother, Blessing in an Instagram live on March 1 and assured every party involved in the sad event would be brought to book.