Aggrieved parents of the 12-year-old pupil of Chrisland International School, Whitney Adeniran, who recently died in strange circumstances during the school’s inter-house sports activities at the Agege Stadium, Lagos State, have said the result of the autopsy on their daughter revealed that she died of electrocution.
Whitney’s mother, Blessing, in a live broadcast on Instagram on Wednesday, confirmed the development.
She said, “The autopsy result is out and Desola was electrocuted. My daughter died of electrocution. I have been subjected to trauma for the past two weeks.
“Tomorrow will make it three weeks since my baby died. The school made me think I was crazy. They started pushing the narrative of she was sick; she was sickly. They sent letters and publications out.
“People insulted me and my family. My child was electrocuted to death. I told the school I don’t want trouble. All I want is answers. They came to my house and knelt down.”
Also, the deceased father, Michael, in a text message sent to our correspondent on Thursday, said he confirmed the report of the autopsy from the officer-in-charge of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba, noting that the Deputy Commissioner of Police, Panti, told him Whitney was killed by 600 volts of electricity.
The text read, “The autopsy is out. I just finished speaking to the DCP, Panti. He assured me that they have received the result. The pathology department has confirmed it. My daughter was electrocuted with 600 volts of electricity.”
However, the state Police Public Relations Officer, SP Benjamin Hundeyin, when contacted to authenticate the claim of the family on the result of the autopsy, said the result of the autopsy was yet to be out.
Hundeyin said the command was in constant communication with the state pathologists and criminal investigation department, who confirmed that the report of the autopsy was not out.
He said, “I just confirmed that the autopsy report is not out. We have been in touch with the pathologists and I can confirm to you that the report is not out.”
Meanwhile, in a statement on Thursday, the Director of Public Affairs, Ministry of Justice, Alo Grace, said the post-mortem report revealed Whitney’s cause of death to be Asphyxia and electrocution.
The statement indicated further that the Directorate of Public Prosecutions had been instructed by the AG to issue legal advice on the matter with immediate effect.
“The Lagos State Government has received the post-mortem report dated March 1, 2023, issued by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, in respect of Adeniran Omodesola Whitney, who was until her demise, a student of Chrisland School, Opebi, Lagos.
“The statement from the office of the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo (SAN), states that the post-mortem report revealed the cause of death to be Asphyxia and Electrocution.
“The Lagos State Government commiserates with the deceased family while reassuring Lagosians that anybody found culpable would immediately be charged to court”, the statement added.
Meanwhile, no magistrate had been named nor date fixed to conduct the coroner inquest into the cause of death of Whitney whose remains were reportedly laid to rest on Thursday.