Following the death of a 14-year-old girl identified as Jumoke that was allegedly killed during the Yoruba Nation rally in Lagos, the State Government has commenced an investigation to determine the cause and other circumstances surrounding the teenager’s death in the state.
As part of the investigation, the State Government disclosed that the deceased body would be subjected to a post-mortem examination to ensure everyone including the parents, protesters, and law enforcement agencies, know if the girl died violently, unnatural, or suspicious.
The investigation was ordered by the State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, even as controversies had continued to trail death of the girl said to be a shop assistant and died after been hit by a stray bullet in Ojota axis during the Yoruba Nation rally convened by different Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) including Ilana Omo Yoruba (IOO).
In accordance with sections 14 and 15 of the Coroners’ Systems Law, Laws of Lagos State 2015, Sanwo-Olu has also requested a Coroner’s Inquest to immediately unravel how the teenager died.
Investigations into the murder by Lagos State Government were announced by the state’s Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyo Onigbanjo, through a statement made available to newsmen on Sunday.
Onigbanjo, who stated that the security, and wellbeing of citizens were of utmost importance to the present administration, assured the public that everything would be done to ensure that the cause of death was unraveled.
According to him, the findings of this investigation will be made public in due course and appropriate sanctions will also be meted out to anyone found culpable in the murder.
The statement reads: “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”.