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Oromoni’s parents kick over release of Dowen College suspects

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The parents of Sylvester Oromoni, a student of Dowen College who died after allegedly being attacked by some students of the school, have responded to the legal advice issued by Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) over the death of their son.

The DPP exonerated the students and officials linked to the death.

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The students cleared are Favour Benjamin, 16; Edward Begue, 16; Ansel Temile, 14; Kenneth Inyang, 15; and Micheal Kashamu, 15.

The school’s staff who were also cleared are Celina Uduak, Valentine Igboekweze, Hammed Bariyu, Adesanya Olusegun and one Adeyemi.

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Oromoni’s family had said the students fed their son a chemical substance. But the DPP said complicity was not established.

Speaking in a video, shortly after the students and officials of Dowen College were exonerated, Oromoni’s mother said, “The whole world will know that there is God that fights for the oppressed.

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“Jehovah God, arise. King of glory, arise and cut short the lives of those that cut the life of my son short, including those supporting them.

“Let them feel the pains that I’m passing through. If they breathe the air that you created, God let your rod fall on them.”

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With tears in her eyes, she added that while others were celebrating Christmas and the New Year, she could not do so.

Similarly, Sylvester Oromoni’s father called on President Muhammadu Buhari, Inspector General of Police, Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission, civil society organisations and international bodies to wade in and ensure that justice is served.

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He said that the family had resorted to engaging the services of lawyers, led by Femi Falana to get justice for the deceased.

He said: “My attention has been drawn to the legal advice, dated Jan. 4, on the untimely and brutal death of my beloved son, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr. who died on Nov. 30, 2021.

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“I am appalled by the said legal advice being circulated on social media, as a copy was not obliged to us despite several request for same.”

Oromoni expressed dismay at what he described as “gang up” by concerned authorities against the “innocent boy who died as a result of negligence by the management of Dowen College and the release of the five suspects when the police have not concluded investigations.

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“Be that as it may, I am not surprised with the content of the said legal advice.

“This is because the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, had, on Dec. 31, 2021, said before the governor, the Attorney-General and the DPP that investigation had been concluded and that those arrested in connection with the murder had no case to answer.

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“It may interest you to know that the suspects were ordered to be remanded by the police for 21 days to have proper investigation by the same Magistrate Court in Lagos which granted the five suspects bail.”

Oromoni added that there was a clear oral statement from his son before he died and his schoolmates that he was tortured and given an unknown substance, suspected to be poison, which led to his death.

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“The management of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, has always claimed that my late son sustained injury while playing football.

“All the evidence gathered has shown that this is not the true story but a way to cover up their negligence.

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“Based on the outcome of the autopsy report which contradicts the story of Dowen College, it is my firm belief that there is a conspiracy among the officials,” he said.

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