Sanwo-Olu orders probe into teenage girl’s killing at Yoruba Nation rally

Babajide Sanwo-Olu

Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered an investigation into the death of a 14-year-old girl on Saturday at the Yoruba Nation rally in Ojota.

Jumoke Oyeleke died after being hit by stray bullets reportedly fired by security forces during the rally.

Attorney-general and commissioner for justice Moyosore Onigbanjo, in a statement, said the security and well-being of citizens are of importance to the government.

Part of the statement read, “We commiserate with the family of the deceased. The Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered a thorough investigation of the death. A Coroner’s Inquest has immediately been requested, 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.

“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.

“As a government, the security and well-being of citizens are of utmost importance to us. The State assures the public that everything will be done to ensure that the cause of death is known.”

The commissioner said the findings of the investigation will be made public and justice served.