The Lagos State Government has stated that it will oppose the exhumation of the body of Miss Whitney Adeniran, a 12-year-old student at Chrisland Schools in Opebi, Lagos, who died in February during the school’s inter-house sports.
The government made the announcement in a statement signed by Mrs Grace Alo, the state’s Minister of Justice, on Saturday in Lagos.
The government stated that the ministry of justice was aware of an ongoing discussion regarding an alleged plan to exhume the student’s body.
According to the statement, 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.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that a post-mortem report issued by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital on March 1 about the student revealed the cause of her death as asphyxia and electrocution.
The student died during Chrisland Schools inter-house sports on Feb. 9 at Agege Stadium, Lagos State.
Asphyxia is a breathing impairment that occurs when there is insufficient oxygen in the body. (NAN)