A Lagos coroner has attributed the 2014 death of an 11-year-old pupil of Atlantic Hall, a private school located in Epe area of Lagos, to the negligence of the school authorities.
According to the coroner of the Epe Magisterial District, Olumide-Fusika Adeola, died as a result of asphyxia caused by the aspiration of his stomach contents.
According to the court, on October 3, 2014, Toluwalope was reported to have been involved in a fall at the Junior Boy’s Hostel at Atlantic Hall at about 8pm on the day of the incident.
The coroner said evidence before the court showed that “He was alive at the time of the fall but shortly thereafter lost consciousness and died while being conveyed by the school medical staff in an ambulance from the school clinic to Reddington Hospital at Victoria Island, Lagos and that the deceased was confirmed dead on arrival by the emergency doctor at Reddington Hospital.”
In its verdict delivered on December 18, 2015, Adeola said that he did not personally see the body of the deceased since he had been buried before the inquest commenced and also that the victim’s father, a pathologist and two members of staff of Atlantic Hall had given testimony.
“I also did not deem it necessary to order an exhumation in view of the fact that a post-mortem had already been carried out on the remains of the subject before the burial,” he said.
The coroner ruled that Toluwalope died as a result of, “The failure of the authorities of Atlantic Hall to properly discharge their duty of care to their students as evidenced by the failure to properly monitor the activities of the students and as represented by the lack of training displayed by the first response team to the scene of the injury to the deceased is a contributory factor to the end result of the death of Toluwalope Abiodun.”
Saturday PUNCH learnt that the Lagos State Office of the Public Defender waded into the case of Toluwalope’s death after his family and the school became embroiled in a bitter battle over who is to blame for the boy’s death.