Sylvester Oromoni: Lagos orders release of Dowen College students and staff
By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Those suspected of being involved in the death of 12-year-old Dowen College, Lagos student Sylvester Oromoni have been cleared, Channels Television reports.
Last year, the student’s death sparked anger backlash when video of his last moment surfaced online. Five students from the school allegedly tortured him to death because of his refusal to join their group.
The state government looked into the matter and ordered the institution to shut down. An autopsy was performed and according to reports, the deceased died of sepsis, lobar pneumonia with acute pyelonephritis, pyomyositis of the right ankle, and acute bacterial pneumonia due to severe sepsis.
In a report published on Wednesday, Channels TV claimed that a document it had seen indicated that the state suspects had been cleared following the legal opinion of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Ms. Adetutu Oshinusi.
The results were said to indicate that there were no prima facie cases of murder, manslaughter and / or malicious administration of poison with intent to harm the five students, Favor Benjamin, 16 , Micheal Kashamu (15), Edward Begue (16). , Ansel Temile (14) and Kenneth Inyang (15).
âBased on the facts available in the duplicate file, the police investigation did not reveal that any secret society name, tattoo, or illegal company badge was found in the possession of the one of the suspects during the police investigation.
âTo judge otherwise would amount to denouncing a crime and a speculative act which are not authorized by law. It is common law that a suspicion, however serious it may be, cannot be grounds for conviction â, part of the note addressed to the deputy police commissioner of the State Criminal Investigation Department is said to have declared ( SCID) and the trial judge, Magistrate Olatunbosun Adeola.
It was further pointed out that the toxicology result is not indicative of any toxic or poisonous substance in the body of the deceased and therefore the school and five of its employees: Celina Uduak, Valentine Igboekweze, Hammed Ayomo Bariyu, Adesanya Olusesan Olusegun and a certain Adeyemi were cleared of the offense of negligence causing harm contrary to section 252 of Criminal Law Ch. C17, Vol. 3, Lagos State Laws 2015 .
Therefore, the Lagos State government ordered that all suspects be released if they are still in detention.