Don't Open Dowen College - Ijaw Youths Protest

Protesters in branded solidarity shirts, presumed to be Ijaw indigenes, gathered at Dowen College in Lekki, Lagos, to demand the school’s closure be maintained.

Dowen College is the school where five pupils were accused of assaulting Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old colleague, for refusing to join a cult.

In addition to the beating, Oromoni, who eventually died, was said to have been given a chemical substance to consume.

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The Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution acquitted five students and five staff members of the school who were linked to his death on Wednesday.

The DPP Director, Adetutu Oshinusi, revealed that septicaemia, lobar pneumonia with acute pyelonephritis, pyomyositis of the right ankle, and acute bacterial pneumonia due to severe sepsis were the causes of Oromoni’s death, according to reports from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and the Central Hospital, Warri.

The DPP’s legal advice, therefore, concluded that based on these findings, there is “no prima facie case of murder, involuntary manslaughter and or malicious administering of poison with intent to harm against the five students”.

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