AN EBUTE-META Chief Magistrates Court in Lagos has ordered the Police to prepare a warrant of burial for an 18-year-old girl, Monsurat Ojuade, allegedly shot by a policeman on September 10, 2021 at Ijeshatedo, Surulere area of the State.
Senior Magistrate Bola Folarin-Williams said the court would sign the warrant to allow the police release the body to the family for burial.
Magistrate Folarin-Williams made the order at what was scheduled to be the commencement of a preliminary inquest into the alleged murder.
The Ojuade family counsel, Israel Mbaebie, had written to the Chief Coroner of Lagos State on Monday, requesting an investigation of the circumstances leading to the teenager’s death.
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Femi Falana had also requested an inquest into the incident.
Chief Superintendent of Police (CSP), Oseni Razak represented the police, from the State Criminal Investigation Department.
While, the late Miss Ojoade’s father, Nurudeen; her uncle, Waheed; as well as sisters, Tosin and Olaide all attended the hearing along with Mr Mbaebie.
But the inquest was stalled as parties had not been able to file the statement on oath of their witnesses.
The Magistrate ordered both parties to prepare their witness statements on oath, file them before the court and also serve each other.
She told parties that the inquest aimed to probe how the incident happened, and advise the state government on how to avert such occurrence in future, adding that the procedure was not set out to determine anyone’s guilt or innocence.
The Magistrate said: “We can’t start anything today, but there is going to be an enquiry into this case.