The Lagos State Government has cleared five pupils and five workers of Dowen College in Lekki, Lagos, of the charge of murdering Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old student.
A member of the school’s management staff, a nephew of Delta state deputy governor Kingsley Otuaro, was also exonerated by the government of being responsible for the murder of the little child.
Favour Benjamin, (16), Edward Begue, (16), Ansel Temile, (14), Kenneth Inyang, and Micheal Kashamu,(16), son of late Senator Buruji Kashamu, were among the pupils exonerated by the government through the Director of Public Prosecutions, DPP.
Celina Uduak, Valentine Igboekweze, Hammed Bariyu, Adesanya Olusegun, and Mr Adeyemi were among the employees that were exonerated.
The postmortem report ruled out a case of murder, and toxicology discovered no dangerous material in his body, according to the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP.
Ms Adetutu Oshinusi, the DPP, gave her legal advice, which resulted in the clearing.
The interim and final autopsy reports issued by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, as well as the toxicology report of post mortem samples and that of the Central Hospital, Warri, were in agreement as to the cause of death, which was Septicaemia, Lobar Pneumonia with Acute Pyelonephritis, Pyomyositis, according to the legal advice addressed to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, and the trial magistrate, Magistrate Olatunbosun Adeola.
According to the legal counsel, the toxicology results do not indicate the presence of any harmful or dangerous chemical in the body of the dead, as alleged by the family.
“Based on the 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, mentioned above,” the DPP’s legal guidance found.
The state also exonerated the youngsters of belonging to an illegal society owing to a lack of evidence to support the charge.
”From available facts in the duplicate case file, the investigation carried out by the Police did not reveal that any secret society name, tattoo or insignia of any unlawful society was found in the possession of any of the suspects during the investigation carried out by the Police.
“To hold otherwise would amount to sniffing for an offence and a speculative act which is not permitted in law.
“It is trite law that suspicion no matter how grave cannot be a ground for conviction” DPP stated.