The family of Sylvester Oromoni (Jnr), a late 12-year-old Dowen College pupil, has engaged the services of Femi Falana, a leading human rights lawyer and activist, to prosecute their case against the college for their son’s death.
Falana’s letter to the office of Lagos State’s Chief Coroner, demanding an inquest into the circumstances surrounding his client’s child’s death, was obtained by Channels Television.
The letter, dated December 6, 2021, was signed by Taiwo Olawale and submitted to the High Court of Lagos State’s chief coroner.
According to the letter, which is headlined ‘Request for Inquest into the Tragic Death of Sylvester Oromoni Killed at Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos,’ the late student died as a result of injuries allegedly inflicted on him by his seniors at the school.
“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 and make appropriate recommendations pursuant to Section 15 of the Lagos State Coroner’s Law 2007 that states 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,” the letter read in part.
“We hereby request your lordship to conduct an inquest into the circumstance surrounding this tragic death and we are confident that your lordship will accede to our request with utmost urgency.”