The Lagos state police has released the house masters and suspected Dowen college students who were detained last year in connection to the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni.
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The house master and the students were detained by the police after they were named by the dying boy and other eye witnesses who’re school mates with the deceased.
VangauradNGR reports that the students the house master who have been in police detention for 20 days after an autopsy report on the dead body of Sylvester was released.
According to the police, the suspects were released because the autopsy which showed that Sylvester was fed with a chemical and had blunt force trauma, exonerated them (the suspects) for murder!
In an interview with the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, who confirmed the release of the suspects, said that investigations are still on-going and the autopsy failed to pin the suspects for murder. In his words
“We are not at the peak yet. But we have done our investigation and have sent the report to the Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP for legal advise on those arrested and DPP has replied. We have gone through the medical aspect which is the post mortem.
Post mortem was carried out in Delta and Lagos states. The first one done in Delta State was only witnessed by parents of the deceased.
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But after I held a meeting with the parties concerned, at the instance and directive of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and my Inspector- General of Police, IGP Alkali Usman Baba, the second post mortem was carried out in Lagos.
The corpse was brought from Delta State to Lagos, where the Post mortem was carried out with all the parties involved , that is : parents of the deceased, parents of the students accused, the school authority and government. These were the four parties that witnessed the post mortem. And the result is out.
The report of the Post Mortem did not bring out the issue of murder on anybody. Besides the result of the autopsy, the court order that we got has elapsed and we have released the house master and others on bail, because there was nothing that indicted them of murder.
It is only a murder case that is not bailable. Every other offences are bail-able. They have been in custody for more than twenty days and that is infringing on their fundamental human rights. Since medical and legal reports have not indicted them so far, I think there is need to allow them have their freedom because bail is not the end of the case.
Another forensic test known as toxicology , will be carried out on the corpse. By the way, the Toxicology test is to determine the concoction that was allegedly forced into the deceased mouth which peeled his lips.
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Toxicology test was being done in Nigeria before, precisely at the Lagos State medical facility in Lagos Island. But after the EndASRS crisis, it is conducted outside the country.
Until that one is effectively done, we won’t know the final report. But with the interim report, nothing showed murder”
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