The Lagos State Government has cleared suspects of Dowen College accused of complicity in the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni.
The suspects which include five students and five employees of the school were cleared by the government following the Legal Advice of the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Ms. Adetutu Oshinusi.
This was disclosed in a copy of the legal advice which was addressed to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID and the trial magistrate, Magistrate Olatunbosun Adeola.
According to the advice, the interim and final autopsy reports issued by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and toxicology report of postMortem samples and that of the Central Hospital, Warri were in agreement as to the cause of death namely: Septicaemia, Lobar Pneumonia with Acute Pyelonephritis, Pyomyositis of the right ankle and Acute Bacteria Pneumonia due to severe Sepsis.
The result of the toxicology is also not indicative of any toxic or poisonous substance in the body of the deceased.
The DPP’s legal advice, therefore, concluded that based on these 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, Favour Benjamin aged 16, Micheal Kashamu (15), Edward Begue (16), Ansel Temile (14) and Kenneth Inyang (15).
The state also cleared the minors of belonging to unlawful society due to insufficient facts to establish the offence.
The state, therefore, directed that all the suspects should be released if they are still in custody.
Oromoni’s father had earlier kicked against a statement attributed to CP Odumosu, implying that the first autopsy on their deceased son was not witnessed by the police.