They Cleared Suspects To Reopen Dowen College, Falana Insists
They Cleared Suspects To Reopen Dowen College, Falana Insists

The family of Sylvester Oromoni, a late 12-year-old Ijaw Student, has recruited Femi Falana, a human rights lawyer and activist, to pursue a lawsuit against the college for their son’s untimely death.

Sylvester Oromoni Snr, the deceased’s father, stated that his son was bullied to death, while also criticizing the school administration’s response to the situation.

The letter, dated December 6, 2021, and signed by Taiwo Olawale, was written to the chief coroner of the Lagos state high court.

The petition, headed “Request for Inquest into the Tragic Death of Sylvester Oromoni Killed at Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos,” said, “based on the briefings by the family, the late student died as a result of injuries allegedly inflicted on him by his seniors at the school.”

The letter reads in part: “Given the needless death of Sylvester Oromoni, we are compelled to request you to use your good offices to cause a coroner’s inquest to be conducted into the cause of death of this young and promising boy and make appropriate recommendations pursuant to Section 15 of the Lagos State Coroner’s Law 2007 that states that an inquest shall hold whenever a coroner is informed that the death of a deceased person within his coroner district is as a result of a death in a violent, unnatural or suspicious situation.

“We hereby request your lordship to conduct an inquest into the circumstance surrounding this tragic death and we are confident that your lordship will accede to our request with utmost urgency.”


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