The killing of a 14-year-old girl in Ojota during the Oodua Republic Mega Rally on Saturday has prompted Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu to order an investigation.
Recall that a young girl was found dead at the rally site in Ojota, with accusations that she was killed by a stray bullet, a claim denied by the state police command, which said the body was not fresh and seemed to have a bullet wound.
Sanwo-Olu commiserated with the deceased’s family in a statement released on Sunday by Moyosore Onigbanjo, the State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, and ordered a thorough investigation into the death.
“Our attention has been drawn to the death of a 14-year-old girl in Ojota during the Oodua Republic Mega Rally on Saturday, July 3rd, 2021,” the statement read.
“We express our condolences to the deceased’s family. Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, the Governor, has ordered a thorough investigation into the death. In accordance with sections 14 and 15 of the Coroners’ Systems Law, Laws of Lagos State 2015, a coroner’s inquest has been requested to ascertain the cause and circumstances of death.
“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,” according to Section 14(1) (d) of the State Coroners’ System Law.
“Section 15(1) and (9) also requires the Coroner to hold an inquest whenever he or she is informed that the dead person’s death occurred in a violent, unnatural, or suspicious manner, or considers that an inquest is necessary following the report of a reportable death.” The security and well-being of citizens are of paramount significance to us as a government.
The state promises the public that all efforts will be made to determine the cause of death. The findings of this investigation will be made public as soon as possible, and anyone found guilty will face appropriate penalty.”