How land dispute has taken witness life
It was a pandemonium at the premises of an Ikeja High Court on Thursday when a 30-year old man, name withheld, slumped and died after vomiting blood.
He was said to be one of the witnesses called by a party to a land dispute between two families .
Though it was not possible ascertaining his health status before his appearance at the court, his relations said they were suspecting fowl play.
One of them, sobbing uncontrollably, said they were against his being a witness in the case.
But an eye witness said it was a few minutes before the George, Justice O.A. Olayinka called up the case for hearing that the deceased took permission to ease himself , but was later reported having vomited blood and larer passed on.
“it was about five minutes to the calling up of the case that he started coughing and gasping for breadth and had to leave the courtroom.
“He collapsed on the corridors of the courtroom and a medical team later came in and took him in an ambulance to the Lagos State Teaching Hospital, Ikeja.
“His lawyer informed Justice Olayinka of his client’s witness death and she immediately adjoutebed all proceedings for the day.”
Attempt to have the Chief Registrar of the court comment on the matter was rebuffed, as the security operatives shielded all senior court officials from the media.
But a police officer said the case had been reported to the Area F police station.
” The case us being investigated, until we are through with that, there will be no comment, ” he said.