Posted by OUR REPORTER | 5 January 2022 | 657 times
The Lagos State Government has cleared five students and staff of Dowen College who were alleged to have had a hand in the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni.
The state’s decision followed the legal advice of the Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Ms. Adetutu Oshinusi.
The legal advice was addressed to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID and the trial magistrate, Magistrate Olatunbosun Adeola.
According to the document, the interim and final autopsy reports issued by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and toxicology report of post mortem samples and that of the Central Hospital, Warri both agreed that the cause of the late Oromoni’s death was Septicaemia, Lobar Pneumonia with Acute Pyelonephritis, Pyomyositis of the right ankle and Acute Bacteria Pneumonia due to severe Sepsis.
Also,the result of the toxicology did not indicate any toxic or poisonous substance in the body of the deceased.
The DPP, therefore, advised that based on these findings, 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) was established.
It also cleared them of the allegation of belonging to an unlawful society because of insufficient facts, stating that, “from available facts in the duplicate case file, the investigation carried out by the Police did not reveal that any secret society name, tattoo or insignia of any unlawful society was found in the possession of any of the suspects during the investigation carried out by the Police.
“To hold otherwise would amount to sniffing for an offence and a speculative act which is not permitted in law. It is trite law that suspicion no matter how grave cannot be a ground for conviction”.
Also cleared were staff of the scholl who are Celina Uduak, Valentine Igboekweze, Hammed Ayomo Bariyu, Adesanya Olusesan Olusegun and one Adeyemi of f Negligent Act Causing Harm contrary to section 252 of the Criminal Law Ch. C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State 2015.
The state, therefore, directed that all the suspects should be released if they are still in custody.
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