Sylvester Oromoni Jnr: Falana Blasts Lagos CP

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Sylvester Oromoni Jnr: Falana Blasts Lagos CP
Sylvester Oromoni Jnr: Falana Blasts Lagos CP

Mr Femi Falana (SAN), a human rights lawyer, has chastised Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, for claiming that Sylvester Oromoni, a deceased Dowen College student, died of natural causes although the facts had not been proved at the coroner’s inquest.

Falana also dismissed the ostensibly issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions report, claiming that the individual who signed it lacked the authority to do so.

This was said by the senior attorney, who is also a lawyer for the Oromoni family, during a Saturday conversation with PUNCH.

Based on a legal recommendation issued to the police and the Lagos State Government by the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution, Adetutu Osinusi, dated January 4, 2021, all suspects involved in Omoroni’s killing were released.

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Falana, on the other hand, said that at the time Osinusi signed the declaration, there was no DPP. As a result, he said that the report was unacceptably flawed.

He said, “Under the Coroner Systems Law of Lagos State, only the coroner appointed by the chief coroner is competent to speak authoritatively on the cause of death of any person whose death arose from suspicious circumstances. So, the statement credited to an official in the Office of the DPP and the CP is deliberately meant to subvert the inquest being conducted by the coroner.

“An inquest is a judicial inquiry into the cause of death of any person whose death is unnatural in Lagos State. One Adetutu Osinusi, who wrote the legal advice purportedly clearing the suspects was not and is not the Director of Public Prosecutions in Lagos State.

“On January 4, when she allegedly wrote that illegal advice, there was no acting or substantive DPP in Lagos State. We therefore advise the CP to stop making comments on the unfortunate death of Sylvester Oromoni since he has said the matter is pending before the coroner.”

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