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Lagos orders coroner’s inquest into Chrisland student’s death




The Lagos State Government has ordered a coroner’s inquest to ascertain the cause of death in the case of the late Whitney Adeniran, a 12-year-old student of Chrisland School, who died on Thursday, February 9, 2023.

The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo, SAN, gave the directive in a statement today noting that a thorough investigation would be carried out to ascertain the cause of death.

The statement read in part, “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 death.

“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.”

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“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 noted that as a government, the security and well-being of citizens are of utmost importance while assuring the public that everything would be done to ensure that the cause of death is known.

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

The state government had earlier ordered the closure of the school following Whitney’s death.

The directive was contained in a statement on the Instagram page of the Lagos State Government on Sunday night.

The release signed by the State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, said the closure was ordered pending the outcome of a full investigation into the unfortunate incident.

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“We also note the impact of this unfortunate event on family, friends and acquaintance of Whitney and call for calm as we assure that no effort will be spared in investigating the incident,” the terse statement read.

Also, on Monday, some protesters gathered in front of the school, with police officers also stationed around the school premises.

Whitney allegedly died during the school inter-house sports events in Lagos.

On Sunday, the deceased father, Dr Michael Adeniran, claimed his daughter died of electrocution.





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Police raid Oyo transport leader, Auxiliary’s home, recover weapons




Men of the Oyo State police command have raided the residence of the sacked Chairman of Park Management System (PMS), Mukaila Lamidi, popularly known as Auxiliary.

According to reports, the policemen stormed Auxiliary’s Ibadan residence recovering weapons and ammunition.

During the operation, Auxiliary reportedly escaped, some of his lieutenants were however arrested by the police.

There was palpable tension in some parts of the state after the raid, especially in major car parks and garages in Ibadan, the state capital.

There were reports of an unconfirmed number of casualties during the face-off between the police and the PMS members.

A large number of arms, ammunition, charms and dangerous weapons were reportedly recovered after the raid on the residence of Auxiliary.

The Oyo State Police Command confirmed the development in a statement on Tuesday.

Spokesman for the Command, Osifeso Adewale said “78 suspected hoodlums who had perfected plans to unleash mayhem at the early hours of today at Major parts of the Metropolis were arrested”.

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Besides the arms recovered from them, exhibits found in their possession include 724 cartridges assorted charms, 33 mobile phones, and a cash sum of N3.4 million

“In addition, during the raid sophisticated firearms were recovered inside the hotel rooms and in the trunk compartment of parked vehicles within the hotel,” the statement read.

“Worthy of note is that, though the PMS Chieftain was able to escape with some of his boys during the gun duel with the police, however, a member of the group was neutralized in a gun duel with the Police.

“Recall that the same group was alleged to be responsible for the attack on (14) Fourteen members of the  Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) along the Agodi axis under the Ibadan North-East LGA en route the venue of yesterday’s Inaugural celebrations.”

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Updated: Court sentences Adedoyin, two staff to death by hanging




Dr Rahmon Adedoyin,  owner of Hilton Hotel Dr Rahmon Adedoyin and two staff of the hotel have been sentenced to death by hanging over the murder of Master student of Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Ile-Ife, Timothy Adegoke

The court, presided over by Chief judge of Osun State, Justice Oyebola Ojo, found Adedoyin and three of his staff guilty of murder and conspiracy.

Ojo held that circumstantial evidence confimed Adedoyin and his staff killed Adegoke and tried to conceal the situation.

She added that Adedoyin’s decision not to enter the witness box did not help him, as the circumstantial evidence had shifted the burden of proof on him.

 judge dismissed the alibi who said the hotel owner was in Abuja for many days around the time the death of the late Adegoke occurred.

However, four members of the staff prosecuted alongside Adedoyin were discharged and acquitted of charges against them.

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Adegoke, a postgraduate student of Obafemi Awolowo University, went missing after lodging at Hilton Hotel in November 2021.

After his family raised the alarm, the police began an investigation, which led to the arrest of the owner of the hotel, Ramon Adedoyin and six employees

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Timothy Adegoke’s death: Court sentences Adedoyin to death by hanging





Osun State High Court has found the popular hotel owner, Dr Ramon Adedoyin guilty in the murder case of Timothy Adegoke, a former master’s degree student of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, whose death occurred between November 5 and 7, 2021, at Hilton Honours Hotel, Ile-Ife.

The Osun Chief Judge, Adepele Ojo, while delivering her judgement on the case, held that the circumstantial evidence available to the court, pointed to the killing of Adegoke while being a guest at the hotel owned by Adedoyin.

According to her, Adedoyin’s decision not to enter the witness box did not help him, as the circumstantial evidence had shifted the burden of proof on him.

Justice Ojo also said Adedoyin’s decision not to enter the witness box meant he agreed to the murder charge pressed against him by the prosecution, dismissing the alibi pleaded on his behalf by his counsel, who said the hotel owner was in Abuja for many days around the time the death of the late Adegoke occurred.

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