Sylvester was allegedly bullied and beaten to death by some students of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos State, for refusing to join a cult group.
However, the school insisted that the 12-year-old boy died after sustaining an injury while playing football, even as the late boy’s father who bears the same first name as his son said the boy named his bullies before he died.
Femi Falana in a letter signed by one of his lawyers in his chambers, Taiwo Olawole wrote to the office of Lagos State’s Chief Coroner, demanding for an inquest to be conducted to unravel the circumstances that led to the boy’s death.
He said the family of Oromoni had briefed him on the mysterious demise of their son and suspected that he died because of the injuries he sustained after being assaulted by some senior students.
Falana said in the letter that given the needless death of Sylvester Oromoni, his chamber was compelled to request the Chief Coroner to use his office to cause a Coroner’s inquest to be conducted into the cause of death of this young and promising boy.
He said the Chief Coroner, after conducting the inquest should make an appropriate recommendation under Section 15 of the Lagos State Coroner’s Law 2007 that stated that an inquest shall hold whenever a coroner was informed that the death of a deceased person within his coroner district was as a result of a death in a violent, unnatural or suspicious situation.
This latest development is coming days after prominent celebrities like Wizkid, Davido, Mercy Johnson, Kanayo. O Kanayo, joined other Nigerians to mourn and call for Justice for the Dowen student when news of his death broke on the internet.
Similarly, a record 400,000 people signed an online petition demanding justice for Sylvester Oromoni.
The Lagos state government shut the school down even though the school has resorted to holding online classes. The death of Sylvester Oromoni sparked outrage among Nigerians and threw up the conversation around the prevalence of bullying in boarding schools in Nigeria.
Story: Ihuoma Ukeje
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