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Witness dies in court before testifying in land case

An Ikeja High Court was on Thursday thrown into confusion after a witness slumped and died in the court just before testifying in a land case.

The deceased who was in his late 30s had come to court to testify in a land dispute before Justice O.A. Olayinka.

“Before the case was called for trial, he started coughing and gasping and had to leave the courtroom.

“He was vomiting a lot of blood and onlookers were scared to go near him. He collapsed on the corridors of the courtroom and a medical team came in with an ambulance to take body away.

“His lawyer informed Justice Olayinka of his client’s death and she immediately stopped proceedings for the day,” a witness said.

When newsmen visited the courtroom, clothes smudged with blood were seen on the corridors of the courtroom as well as the blood-stained shirt and leather slippers of the deceased.

 

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