The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered a thorough investigation into the death of
a 14-year-old girl in Ojota during the Oodua Republic Mega Rally on Saturday, 3rd of July, 2021.
A Coroner’s Inquest has immediately been requested by the Governor 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.
The State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Moyosore Onigbanjo who made this known in a statement noted that Section 14(1) (d) of the Coroners’ System Law of the State indicates that “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.”
While 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.
Mr Onigbanjo who said the State commiserates with the family of the deceased, reiterated that as a government, the security and wellbeing of citizens are of utmost importance to the State.
He assured the public that everything would be done to ensure that the cause of death is known, while the findings of the investigation would be made public in due course and appropriate sanctions meted out to anyone found culpable.