Three students of the Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos State are currently in custody and are assisting the Police in their investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a 12-year-old student of the College, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu confined on Tuesday.
Odumosi said three of the five students mentioned by Sylvester before he died are already in custody and cooperating with the police in their findings.
But the Police Commissioner did not give details of the identities of those in custody, though he insisted that they are key suspects.
He explained that the Command is set to go for the post-mortem of the body in Delta State to ascertain the cause of death.
Commissioner Odumosu assured that police authorities in both Lagos and Delta State are keenly 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.
A 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.
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 will 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.