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Lagos lawyer slumps, dies in court

By Onozure Dania

Lagos—Tragedy struck, yesterday, at Igbosere Magistrate’s Court premises Lagos Island, when a lawyer slumped and died after court proceedings.

He was in court to represent Okedairo Okedeji 38, and Akolade Agbola, 28, charged with theft of meat and snail worth N28,000.

When the lawyer, simply identified as Chidi, got to the court with the defendant, the court had already heard his matter and adjourned till April 14. He then apologised to the court for himself and on behalf of his client for coming late.

He was said to have attributed his lateness to the traffic he encountered.

It was while he was apologising that he started gasping for breath and coughing profusely. He was rushed outside the court for fresh air, but when he was not getting better, his tie was removed and he pleaded that they should help him get a cab to take him home.

A source said: “Later, he could not move so his client had to carry him on his back down stairs. Immediately he got into the cab, he stopped breathing and the taxi man returned him to the court premises, saying he cannot carry a corpse.”

It was later confirmed that he died at the Lagos Island General Hospital.

His clients, who were arraigned on February 29, were alleged to have committed the said offences on November 11, 2015 and had pleaded not guilty.

Magistrate F. M. Dalley granted them N5,000 bail, with one surety each in like sum and adjourned the matter to yesterday for trial.

 


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