Inquest Into Sylvester Oromoni Jnr’s Death To Commence On January 15

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Inquest Into Sylvester Oromoni Jnr's Death To Commence On January 15

The investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old pupil of Dowen College, Lekki, will begin on Saturday, January 15, according to the Coroner of the Epe District of Lagos, Magistrate Mikail Olukayode Kadiri.

The coroner stated in a letter dated January 4, 2022, addressed to the law firm of Falana & Falana, the Oromoni family’s legal counsel, that the inquest will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will be held in open court.

The lawyers were also reminded by Magistrate Kadiri to file and serve depositions of any witnesses they plan to call during the inquest.

They must also send a list of people to the coroner who, in their judgment, should be summoned by the court.

The depositions can be submitted in any of Lagos’ magisterial districts and electronically served on any parties involved.

The law company of Falana and Falana had written to the Chief Coroner of Lagos, Justice Mojisola Dada, on December 6, 2020, requesting an inquest. Justice Dada had assigned the inquest to Magistrate Kadiri in response to the demand, who had written to the legal firm on December 7, 2021, and had also scheduled a preliminary meeting for December 15, 2021.

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The Magistrate Court No. 4, Chambers of the Coroner, Epe District, Combined High Court, and Magistrate Court of Lagos State, Epe would be where Magistrate Kadiri will sit.

Meanwhile, the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) Investigative Committee has requested the late Sylvester Oromoni Jnr’s parents and Dowen College to make the 12-year-medical old’s records public.

The information will be used to determine Oromoni’s health status prior to the incident at Dowen College, according to the report.

In a statement issued by its chairman, Oladimeji Uthman, the committee also urged the Lagos State government to oppose all attempts to restore the college, stressing that reopening it before the investigations are completed would only be done by an “enemy of mankind.”

Should the government reopen the school any time soon, the student body has threatened to stage a state-wide protest, until the resolution of all doubts.

Oromoni Jnr died of septicaemia, lobar pneumonia with acute pyelonephritis, pyomyositis of the right ankle, and acute bacterial pneumonia due to severe sepsis, according to the autopsy report conducted by the police, according to Uthman.

He stated that the committee is perplexed as to why the police have left the claims of bullying out of their reports thus far and why everyone has remained silent on the matter.

He added that the committee has “contacted a medical expert to make clarifications on how possible knee injury (as claimed by the Dowen College management initially) could develop to those infections mentioned by the police to be the cause of Late Sylvester Oromoni Jnr death.” 

The statement further read in part: “We are dumbfounded, hearing that Sylvester Oromoni Jnr died of those infections. This is the reason we are requesting from the management of Dowen College and Sylvester’s family to release and make public his medical records/history in order to shed more light on this case and also to know if there are any ailments he was treating before his death.

“On our part, we will continue to interface with the family, submit the autopsy report for scrutiny (to our medical experts) and make our position known.”

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