Whitney Adeniran: Court fixes inquest for April 4
April four has been fixed for the Coroner Inquest set up to ascertain the cause of death of a 12-year-old Chrisland School pupil, Whitney Adeniran, who died on February 9.
After listening to all of the arguments made by the attorneys who stood before the Ikeja Magistrates Court, Magistrate Olabisi Fajana set the date.
Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), the deceased family’s attorney, had previously told the court that the family was unable to submit a witness statement as required by the court at the most recent adjourned date.
Falana testified in court that the Magistrate Registry declined to enroll the witness statement because there is no provision for filling out coroner processes.
In support of Falana’s argument, the attorneys for Chrisland School, Mr. Olukayode Enitan (SAN), and the State, Mr. Akin George, asked the court for instructions on how to submit their respective processes.
Informing the attorney that she would receive instructions from the Chief Magistrate on how to make sure the procedures were submitted to the Coroner, Fajana said she would do so.
Enitan told the court that he had a request for samples and materials to conduct an impartial evaluation of the autopsy report on file.
In a counter-reaction, Falana who said that they have not been served, told the court that the autopsy of the deceased was done in the presence of the school representatives and other concerned parties.
However, the state counsel, George, told the court that what the state received was a letter, not an application, and the state would respond at the appropriate time.
Fajana, thereafter adjourned the commencement of trial until April 4, and advised all counsel to ensure that their processes were filed and confirmed on April 3.