Sylvester Oromoni, the father of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a late 12-year-old student of Dowen College in Lekki, Lagos, has reaffirmed the family’s determination to seek justice, stressing that he would not bury his son even if it took 30 years.
He also contested the autopsy report from the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Ikeja, claiming that foul play was involved.
Sylvester’s death became viral after his cousin, Perry Oromoni, claimed on social media that he was beaten up in his hostel by senior students because he refused to join a cult.
The school refuted the accusation, claiming that the youngster had complained of leg aches as a result of a sports injury.
The state government ordered the school to be closed indefinitely pending the result of the investigation.
The police arrested five students and five school staff, but legal counsel from the Directorate of Public Prosecutions, Adetutu Oshinusi, cleared the suspects.
Sylvester died of “acute lung injury owing to chemical poisoning in a backdrop of physical force trauma,” according to an autopsy performed by Clement Vhriterhire, a consultant pathologist at the Central Hospital Warri.
The cause of death, according to the interim and final autopsy reports from LASUTH, was “septicaemia, lobar pneumonia with acute pyelonephritis and pyomyositis of the right ankle.”
On Friday, the state’s departing Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, said the toxicology report of the first autopsy in Warri, signed by Vhriterhire, was released on December 30, 2021, attributing the cause of death to “acute bacterial pneumonia due to severe sepsis.”
The father told PUNCH on Friday that the case was still open and that his son would not be buried until “justice is served,” which he said may take up to 30 years.
He said, “The family does not have power. We only rely on God. If they insist that the school will reopen, there is no problem. If God keeps me for 20 or 30 years, I will follow up this case. Government will come, the government will go. I am not bothered. The soul of that boy is crying round. God is alive; He cannot be bribed.
“My son will never be buried. If it takes me 30 years to get justice, he would remain there (in the mortuary). He is my son; I won’t bury him. Nigerians should look beyond what they are saying.”
Asked if he had any doubt over the autopsy released by the state government, he retorted “Do they have any autopsy report? They don’t have any. The doctor that did the autopsy in Delta State was recommended by the Area Commander. He is not the family doctor. We don’t know him. Our lawyer applied to the Area Command to get a copy of the autopsy.”