Chrisland School: Whitney Adeniran’s father speaks on daughter ‘getting anti-epilepsy drugs’

Chrisland Schoolgirl Whitney Adeniran

Michael Adeniran, father of the late Chrisland School student Whitney Adeniran, on Tuesday continued his testimony under cross-examination before the coroner O.O. Fajana.

Whitney, 12, died during the school’s inter-house sports on February 9 at the Agege Stadium, Lagos. Her family says she was electrocuted but the school denied it, forcing the state government to order a coroner’s inquest.

One of the school’s counsels Olukayode Enitan asked the witness if he was aware that one of the drugs (Netrazepam 5mg) prescribed to Whitney by a doctor from Inland Specialist Hospital was used in treating epilepsy.

The witness responded that he was not aware.

Enitan said that the risk of death from using Netrazepam in children was 75 per cent.

The counsel, referring to paragraph 49 of the witness’s statement, asked Adeniran how he reached the conclusion that Whitney was not administered first aid before her death.

Enitan said that a qualified nurse attended to the student before she died.

However, Adeniran said that he would not believe it since the school nurse told him that she was not there when the incident occurred but was called, and when she got there, she saw Whitney on the ground with no pulse.

Referring to the outfit Whitney wore on the fateful day, the counsel told the court that the deceased was wearing a green shirt and a short, representing green house, and had sneakers with rubber soles.

He said that the sole would make electrocution difficult.

Responding, the witness said that when he saw the deceased at the Agege Central Hospital, she had no shoes on.

Fajana adjourned the matter until May 15.