Femi Falana (SAN), a well-known human rights activist and lawyer, has taken over the case of Whitney Adeniran, a late Chrisland High School student.
Falana’s law business, Falana & Falana Chambers, will now represent the Adeniran family as preparations for a coroner’s inquest into the matter begin.
Whitney, a 12-year-old schoolgirl, died on February 9 during a sports event in Lagos.
The dead student’s mother, Blessing, accused Chrisland School of being negligent in addressing her daughter’s case before she died.
She stated that the school made no provision for emergency response during the event and hence did not provide first aid.
Despite the doctor’s mention of a cardiac arrest, the girl’s mother stated that she had no prior heart issue.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Ministry of Education has ordered the school’s temporary closure awaiting an inquiry into the incident.
In a letter dated February 14, 2023 and signed by a legal practitioner, Taiwo Olawanle on behalf of the law firm, Falana of Falana & Falana’s Chambers urged the Chief Coroner to use “your good offices to cause a coroner’s inquest to be conducted into the cause of the death of this sudden but avoidable death of this young promising girl and make appropriate recommendations under Section 15 of the Lagos State Coroner’s Law 2007 which provides