Yoruba Nation Rally: Lagos Invites Falana for Inquest into Lady’s Death

- Alex Enumah in Abuja

The Lagos State Government yesterday invited Mrs. Funmi Falana for a preliminar­y meeting in respect of a coronary inquest into the death of a young lady killed during the Yoruba Nation rally last weekend in Lagos.

The invite was in response to Falana’s call for a probe into the cause of the death of late Miss Jumoke Oyeleke.

She was said to have been hit by a stray bullet while at her aunt’s shop during the rally at Gani Fawehinmi Freedom Park at Ojota, Lagos.

However, some reports alleged that the police were responsibl­e for her death.

Falana, who doubles as founder and chairperso­n of Women Empowermen­t and Legal Aid (WELA) on July 5, 2021, wrote to the Lagos State Government, calling for the probe of the death of Jumoke.

The letter stated in part: “On July 3, 2021, the agitators for Yoruba self-determinat­ion gathered at the Gani Fawehinmi Park, where a young trader, Jumoke Oyeleke, was hit by stray bullet and gave up the ghost.

“In the light of the foregoing, we request you to use your good offices to cause a coroner’s inquest to be conducted into the tragic death of Jumoke and make appropriat­e recommenda­tions pursuant to Section 15 of the Lagos State Coroner’s Law 2007, which provides that ‘an inquest shall hold whenever a coroner is informed that the death of a deceased person within his Coroner District was a result of death in a violent, unnatural or suspicious situation’.”

Three days after, the state, through a letter by the Deputy Chief Registrar, Legal, M. K. O. Fadeyi, responded to the letter and subsequent­ly invited Falana for a meeting.

The letter dated July 8, read in part: “I refer to your letter dated July 5, 2021, addressed to the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, Justice M A. Dada.

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