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Whitney Adeniran: May 2 fixed for ruling on admissibility of documents

Lagos State High Court sitting in Ikeja, on Thursday, fixed May 2 to give ruling on the admissibility of treasury receipts for the use of Agege Stadium, the venue where the death of Whitney Adeniran, a student of Chrisland School was said to have occurred.


Justice Oyindamola Ogala gave the date for ruling following arguments and counterarguments on the admissibility of the exhibits identified by the prosecution witness, Mr Yakubu Jubril, a social worker Ministry of Youth and Social Development, and the objections raised by the prosecution.

The Defence Counsel, Olukayode Enitan, (SAN) at the resumed hearing of the matter in which the staff and management of Chrisland School, Opebi are facing trial, asked the prosecution witness to check some documents and he identified them to be government treasury receipts.

He stated that the documents were dated November 7, 2018, January 8, 2020, September 26, 2016, and January 9, 2023, for payments for the use of Agege Stadium.

Further, the witness identified them as documents issued by the Lagos State Government Youth Sport and Social Development.

However, the prosecution counsel, Dr Babajide Martins objected that the witness was not the maker of the documents but Enitan (SAN), argued that they were treasury receipts for use of Agege Stadium by Chrisland School, adding that the documents were relevant because the Lagos State Government collected payments for the use of the facility.

Other defense counsels aligned with the submission of the third defence counsel; Ajibola Ariba, counsel to Chrisland School, which is the fifth defendant, particularly argued that the evidence must be relevant to the issue, adding that, “the officer of the Lagos State Government identified these documents.”

Further in his testimony, Yakubu stated that “The school did not report incident at the station when the incident happened”, adding that apart from the Ministry of Education, the Police, Safety Commission, and DSVRT, need to know about the incident when talking in terms of safeguarding and child protection.

The witness also admitted before the court that all facilities rendering services to children must report serious occurrences of events.


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