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Ogundeji: Coroner gives verdict Oct 27

By Innocent Anaba

LAGOS—The Yaba Coroner Court, investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a member of the Thisday Editorial Board, Mr. Abayomi Ogundeji, yesterday adjourned for judgment for October 27.

Senior Magistrate Mukaila Fadeyi, the trial magistrate in the coroner, thanked all those who appeared before him to give testimonies on what they knew about the death of Ogundeji.

He, however, regretted that his widow, Mrs. Jennifer Ogundeji, refused to appear before the coroner to give insight into the circumstances leading to her husband’s death, noting that the little effort the court had made so far would in no small measure help to check the menace of extra-judicial and other forms of killings in the country.

Observing that he did not need to compel Mrs. Ogundeji to appear before him because she was not a compellable witness under the law, Fadeyi said wise counsel would have prevailed on her to appear before the coroner to give an insight into circumstances surrounding husband’s death, which she turned down.

Fadeyi noted that  though the final verdict in the case shall be his findings, it was still subject to the ratification of the Chief Coroner, Justice Idowu of the Lagos High Court.

“I want to use this opportunity to thank everybody,  especially the witness for appearing before me to say all they knew about this case. The little effort in this court will help to stem the menace of extra-judicial and other forms of killings in the country.

It is regrettable that the wife of the deceased is not here to testify. I cannot compel her because she is not a compellable witness under the law. The verdict I will give in this case is still subject to a review pursuant to the Coroner’s Law 2007.

Whatever findings I have will be my own but subject to the approval of the Chief Coroner, Justice Idowu of the Lagos High Court.


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