Dowen College’s Student Death: Lagos Police Commissioner Reveals Cause

Sylvester Oromoni Jnr

Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), Hakeem Odumosu, says there is no evidence to establish that the late 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni Jnr. was tortured, bullied or forcefully positioned.

Odumosun disclosed this to the National Association of Online Security Reporters (NAOSRE) and other Journalist in Lagos on Friday while giving update on the investigation into the cause of death of the late student of the Dowen College.

The CP who denied any form cover-up as alleged by Sylvester’s parents and members of the public said eight suspects were arrested including three House Masters of the College and five students who were said to have been mentioned by Sylvester before his death.

The suspects were identified as; Valentine Igbokwe , Ahmed Bariyu, Adesanya Olusegun, Ansel Temile, Michael Kashamu, Kenneth Inyang, Favour Benjamin, and Edward Begue

Odumosu confirmed that the Police obtained a remand warrant at the Yaba Magistrate Court to detain the suspects for 21 days after its findings. Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that the student suspects were granted bail before the expiration of the 21 days while the House Masters got bail after the expiration of 21 days.

“It was agreed unanimously that another autopsy should be carried out after a post mortem examination was conducted earlier by a Consultant Pathologist, Dr. Clement Vhriterhire, who attributed the cause of the death to ‘acute bacteria pneumonia due to severe sepsis’. The second autopsy carried out in the presence of all parties’ representatives attributed the cause of death to ‘septicemia, lobar pneumonia with acute pyelonephritis and pyomyositis of the right ankle’.” The CP said.

According to Odumosu the final results of the post mortem and toxicology examination conducted both at Warri and Lagos agreed show that the deceased died a natural death.

In a related matter, the Lagos State Police Command has decried the protest conducted by a group called Ijaw Youth Council, Lagos, led by Henry Oyobola.

The protest which was said to have been staged in front Bowen College for hours, alongside masquerades carrying placards with inscriptions. According the CP, the act which caused panic within the community was quelled with the help of men of the Lagos Police command.

The CP warned those threatening to go to any length to protest the outcome of the investigations seek legal aid or be ready to face the full wrath of the law.

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