Mr Hakeem Odumosu, Lagos State Commissioner of Police, has confirmed the arrest of three students of the Dowen College, Lekki Lagos by the police over the death of Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old student of the school.
Speaking to Channelstv on Tuesday, Odumosu informed that the police arrested the students because they will help the police to get to the root of matter, adding that so far, the detained students have been assisting the police in their investigations on the death of Sylvester Oromoni.
Although Odumosu did not give the identities of those in custody, he insisted that they were key suspects.
The police boss 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 police authorities in both Lagos and Delta State were interested in the outcome of the investigation to unravel the mystery behind Sylvester’s death.
Meanwhile, the Oromoni family has hired the firm of a foremost human rights lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, to prosecute its case against the institution over the death of their son.
Channels Television on Monday obtained the letter written by Falana 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.
It will be recalled that 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 pf Dowen College. 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 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.
Uche Nwosu is a two time Shell Petroleum PLC award winner in the year 2000;
He won the Shell Award on Investigative Journalism and Environmental Cleanliness.