Chrisland: Lagos vows to oppose exhumation of Whitney Adeniran’s corpse

Chrisland Schoolgirl Whitney Adeniran

Lagos State Government on Saturday said it would not allow the corpse of Whitney Adeniran to be exhumed for a second autopsy.

Whitney, 12, was electrocuted on February 9 during the inter-house sports of Chrisland High School at Agege Stadium, Lagos.

Her mother Blessing Adeniran on Friday raised alarm that the school was requesting a second autopsy after the first revealed the minor died from electrocution.

The post-mortem report was issued by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital on March 1. But the school has denied wrongdoing.

In a statement, the spokesperson of the state’s Ministry of Justice Grace Alo said the government was aware of an ongoing dialogue about an alleged plan to exhume Whitney’s body.

It said that the ministry had yet to receive any official communication requesting the exhumation.

The government said that it would oppose such a request if and when received.

“The circumstances for exhumation under the Coroners’ Systems Law, 2015, do not arise in this case. Additionally, it is not our intention to further traumatise the deceased’s family.

“We are working closely with the police who have given their reassurance that the duplicate case file would be forwarded on March 6 to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions to aid speedy issuance of legal advice,” it added.