A Lagos Magistrate’s Court has fixed October 21, 2020 for Coroner’s inquest in the case of alleged murder of Joy Adole, a 19-year-old domestic worker who was allegedly beaten to death by her employer, one Mrs Fortune Nwankwo.
The convening of the Coroner’s inquest was conveyed to human rights’ lawyer; Femi Aborisade, on Wednesday, October 14, 2020 by the Registrar of Magistrate’s Court No. 5, Ebutte Metta, Lagos.
Aborisade, Managing Partner of Abope Chambers, as the counsel representing the late Joy’s family and International Lawyers Assisting Workers (ILAW) Network, had last month petitioned the Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice and Lagos State Commissioner of Police as well as the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution raising issues with the conduct of an autopsy conducted on the body of the deceased.
He had demanded for another autopsy to be carried out to ascertain the actual cause of death of the domestic worker.
The Registrar, National Record gathered from a reliable source at Abope Chambers that the law firm was notified via telephone call on Wednesday afternoon that Coroner’s inquest proceedings would commence at 10am at Magistrate’s Court No. 5, Ebutte Metta, Lagos.
The Registrar mandated Abope Chambers to pass the information of the inquest proceeding to the defendant’s counsel, Joel Nwanchukwu, who was immediately communicated.