Human rights lawyer Femi Falana has requested a coroner’s inquest into the circumstances surrounding the death of Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Lagos.
This is contained in a letter addressed to the chief coroner of the Lagos High Court, titled, ‘Request for Inquest into the Tragic Death of Sylvester Oromoni killed at Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos’.
“Given the needless death of Sylvester Oromoni, we are compelled to request you to use your good offices to cause a coroner’s inquest to be conducted into the cause of death of this young and promising boy,” says Mr Falana “and make appropriate recommendations pursuant to Section 15 of the Lagos State Coroner’s Law 2007 which provides that an inquest shall hold whenever a coroner is informed that the death of a deceased person within his Coroner District is as a result of a death in a violent, unnatural or suspicious situation.”
He added, “We hereby request Your Lordship to conduct an inquest into the circumstances surrounding this tragic death at Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos State, and we are confident that Your Lordship will accede to our request with utmost urgency.”
The renowned lawyer also noted that his firm had taken over the deceased’s family’s case against Dowen College.
This followed the controversies trailing the death of the JSS 2 student reportedly tortured for refusing to join a secret cult in the school.
The school’s management had claimed that master Oromoni died of injuries sustained while playing football.