A coroner’s inquest into the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni (Junior), a deceased pupil of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, will begin on January 15.
According to the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, Justice M. A. Dada, the inquest will openly commence on January 15 at Magistrate Court No. 4, Epe District.
According to a letter dated January 4, 2022 sent to the lawyers, family of the deceased students, Femi Falana (SAN), the Coroner of Epe District, Mikail Kadiri, asked the Falana to forward a list of suspects to be summoned to court.
The letter was titled, ‘Re: Request for Inquest into the tragic death of Sylvester Oromoni killed at Dowen College, Lekki. Lagos State’.
It reads: “I have the directive of the Chief Coroner of Lagos State, Honourable Justice M. A. Dada to remind you that the inquest into the death of Sylvester Oromoni will commence on Saturday, 15th January, 2022 at Magistrate Court No. 4, Epe District, Combined High Court and Magistrate Court of Lagos State, Epe at 9:00am prompt; the hearing shall be in open Court.
“You are further reminded to file and serve depositions of all witnesses you intend to call at the inquest and forward a list of persons who, in your opinion, need to be summoned by the Court.
“The depositions may be filed at any of the Magisterial Districts in Lagos State and served electronically on all parties concerned.
“Please find attached the name, firm/representation and phone numbers of parties that attended the preliminary meeting held on the 16th December 2021. Thank you.”
Recall that Oromoni died last November after the 12-year-old boy was alleged to have been attacked by five of his senior colleagues for refusing to join a cult.Oromoni’s father had claimed that his child was beaten and fed a liquid chemical that eventually claimed his life.But Dowen College had dismissed the claim, saying the boy sustained injuries while playing football with his colleagues.
The Lagos State Government on Wednesday cleared the five accused Dowen College students of complicity in the death of Oromoni (Jnr).
The state government also cleared five employees of the Lekki School of any blame in the case.
Falana last year called for a coroner’s inquest into the circumstances surrounding Oromoni’s demise.