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Sylvester Oromoni: Coroner says parents, doctor’s negligence caused death, Falana faults judgment

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The Lagos State Coroner’s Court, Ogba, Ikeja, presided over by Magistrate Mikhail Kadiri, yesterday, held that the death of a 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, Sylvester Junior Oromoni, was as a result of the negligence of his parents and the doctor.

The court further declared that Oromoni passed on as a result of failed treatment for his enlarged liver.

Magistrate Kadiri made the declaration while passing his verdict on his findings surrounding the circumstances leading to the demise of the 12-year-old student who died on November 30, 2021.

It would be recalled that Oromoni’s death had been attributed to bullying and an alleged poisonous substance he was forced to drink in the school.

The late Oromoni was further quoted as saying that he was beaten up by five senior students of the school namely; Favour Benjamin, 16, Edward Begue, 16, Ansel Temile, 14, Kenneth Inyang and Michael Kashamu, 16, son of late Senator, Buruji Kashamu, before he died.

This led to the school being shut down by the Lagos State Government (LASG) despite the denial of the claims.

The school had specifically insisted that the late Oromoni had complained of leg pains following an injury he had sustained while playing football.

The Lagos State Commissioner of Police (CP), then directed a full-scale investigation into the incident.

However, the LASG, on January 5, 2022, exonerated the five students and five employees of the school who were accused of the death of Oromoni.

But two years later, Oromoni was buried at the family’s compound at Ogbe-Ijoh, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State.

In his verdict, Magistrate Kadiri declared that “based on the foregoing it is clear that the deceased’s health deteriorated in (doctor) PW 3’s care.

“PW 3, did not take proper care of the deceased, PW 3, completely abandoned the deceased for more than 32 hours.

“The deceased’s death was an avoidable one, but for the negligence of the parents and PW 3, they didn’t take him to the hospital until the day he died on November 30, 2021.

“The deceased went through an avoidable and excruciating pain and made to suffer needlessly.”

However, Human rights lawyer, Femi Falana, has faulted the judgement, in a statement yesterday, Falana said the coroner ignored the evidence of the government pathologist that the “black substance” found in the stomach of the deceased was not subjected to toxicological examination.

“It is curious that the coroner ignored the evidence of the government pathologist that the “black substance” found in the stomach of the deceased was not subjected to toxicological examination. The allegation was that the deceased was forced to drink a poisonous substance.

“The Acting Director of Public Prosecution of Lagos State at the material time had recommended that some staff and students be prosecuted for criminal negligence over the bullying of students in the school. Four days later, the Acting DPP turned around to say that there was no case to answer without any fresh evidence from the police investigators. The coroner ruled that the acting DPP has the power to withdraw her recommendations at any time.

“The doctors who testified stated that the deceased died of sepsis and that the sepsis could have been caused by excessive massaging of the leg of the deceased. The coroner conveniently overlooked the fact that the school doctor and the nurses massaged the leg of the deceased for two days before inviting his parents to take him home.

“In an attempt to exonerate Dowen College, the coroner was silent on the overwhelming evidence of the bullying of the deceased, his sister, and other students by the same set of students. In particular, the coroner discountenanced the evidence of a student who had testified that he saw the deceased beaten up and subjected to torture by a group of senior students.

“In spite of such uncontradicted evidence, the coroner said that the deceased died of natural cause. The coroner claimed that the negligence of the family doctor led to the death of the deceased, but failed to refer him to the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria for appropriate sanctions,” said Falana.

 

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