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Police Detain, Quiz Three Dowen College Students Over Death Of 12-year-old Colleague, Sylvester Oromoni

December 7, 2021

Although Odumosu did not give the identities of those in custody, he insisted that they were the main suspects.

The Commissioner of Police in Lagos State, Hakeem Odumosu, has revealed that three students of the Dowen College, Lekki are currently being investigated over the death of Sylvester Oromoni Junior, a 12-year-old student of the college.

The police boss said three students undergoing interrogation were among the five students mentioned by Sylvester before he died.


Odumosu disclosed this to Channels Television on Tuesday adding that the suspects WEre in custody and cooperating with the police in their findings.

Although Odumosu did not give the identities of those in custody, he insisted that they WEre the main suspects.

The police commissioner explained that the Command WAs set to go for the post mortem of the body in Delta State to ascertain the cause of death.

He assured that the police authorities in both Lagos and Delta states were profoundly interested in the result of the investigation to unravel the mystery behind Sylvester’s death.

SaharaReporters reported that the Oromoni family had hired the firm of human rights’ lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, SAN, to prosecute its case against the institution over the death of their son.[story_link align="left"]102001[/story_link]

The human rights’ lawyer’s chambers had written to the office of Lagos State’s Chief Coroner, requesting an inquest into the circumstances leading to the death of his client’s child.

The letter was dated December 6, 2021, signed by Taiwo Olawale, and addressed to the chief coroner, High Court of Lagos State.

The story of 12-year-old Sylvester went viral last week after a family member went on social media to demand justice.

In a series of Tweets, the family member, with handle @Perrisonoromoni said Sylvester was assaulted by some senior students of Dowen College.[story_link align="left"]101911[/story_link]

He added that Sylvester died after sustaining multiple internal injuries from being tortured and bullied.

Also, in a video released online by the family member, Oromoni Jr was seen writhing in pain. His teeth were stained dark red with blood. His legs were swollen, and his belly was bloated.

The Management of Dowen College in a statement had claimed that Sylvester was injured while playing football. In another statement, they assured that they would cooperate with authorities to investigate the incident.

The Lagos State government through its Ministry of Education paid an inquiry visit to the college and announced on Friday that the school be shut down indefinitely.