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Sylvester Oromon Death: Dowen College Board, Management react

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The Board and Management of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos State reacted officially to the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, Naija News 247 reports.

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Sylvester Oromon Death: Dowen College Board, Management react

The reaction was contained in a statement which followed stringent criticism of the school’s attitude to the death.

The statement said: “Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of one of our beloved students, Sylvester Oromoni Jr.

“He was dearly loved by his teachers, his fellow students and he was a beacon of light for the school.

“The tragic and unfortunate incident which transpired this past November, and Sylvester’s untimely death requires a thorough and proper investigation.

“Dowen College is fully committed to this.

“We are assisting the authorities to get to the bottom of this heartbreaking incident.

“The first steps taken by the school, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, has been the immediate closure of the school to aid in the investigation.

“Understandably, at this time of intense grief and suffering, emotions are raw and tensions are high.

“We pray that God, who alone knows how to comfort the sorrowing, will comfort Sylvester’s family and all those who love and knew him.

“We commiserate with the Oromoni family and the students of Dowen College who have lost a friend and fellow student.

“This is a traumatic experience.

“We assure our parents that the school is taking steps to ensure the safety and security of their children and wards.

“This is paramount.

“Every child is valued at Dowen College and their health and well-being is of the utmost priority to the school.”

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Chu Okongwu Death: Buhari Mourns Former Minister of Finance

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President Muhammadu Buhari has extended heartfelt condolences to the Okongwu family on the passing of the foremost economist and a former Minister of Finance, Prof Chu Okongwu.

The President in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina said he joined family, friends and associates in paying tribute “to a man of many parts, who never hesitated to give his best to Nigeria as a broadcaster with the Nigerian Broadcasting Service, sub-editor, Daily Times Nigeria, Lecturer, University of Nigeria and a Federal Minister of National Planning and later Finance.”

President Buhari said he believes that the perspectives the late Professor brought to governance and economics, which centered on improving the lives of Nigerians, will not be forgotten.

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The President prayed for the repose of the soul of the departed and divine comfort for his family during this difficult time.

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Sylvester Dowen: Coroner’s inquest into Oromoni’s death to begin Jan 15

The coroner’s inquest into the death of Sylvester Oromoni, the late student of Dowen College in Lagos, will begin on January 15, Naija News 247 gathered.

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The coroner’s inquest into the death of Sylvester Oromoni, the late student of Dowen College in Lagos, will begin on January 15, Naija News 247 gathered.

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Sylvester Dowen: Coroner’s inquest into Oromoni’s death to begin Jan 15

The 12-year-old student of the Lekki-based school died last November after he was allegedly attacked by five of his colleagues for refusing to join a cult group.

Oromoni’s father had claimed his child was beaten and fed a liquid chemical that eventually led to his death.

Dowen College, however, dismissed the claim, alleging that the boy sustained injuries while playing football with colleagues.

In a letter dated January 4, and to Femi Falana (SAN), counsel to the family of the deceased student, Mojisola Dada, the chief coroner of Lagos, said the inquest will be held at the magistrate court located at Epe district.

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In the letter by Mikail Kadiri, coroner of Epe district, Falana was asked to forward a list of suspects and witnesses to be summoned to court for the judicial inquiry.

“I have the directive of the chief coroner of Lagos State, honourable justice M. A. Dada to remind you that the inquest into the death of Sylvester Oromoni will commence on Saturday, 15th January, 2022 at Magistrate Court No. 4, Epe district, combined high court and magistrate court of Lagos State, Epe at 9:00am prompt; the hearing shall be in open court,” the letter read.

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“You are further reminded to file and serve depositions of all witnesses you intend to call at the inquest and forward a list of persons whom, in your opinion, needs to be summoned by the court.

“The depositions may be filed at any of the Magisterial Districts in Lagos State and served electronically on all parties concerned. Please find attached the name, firm/representation and phone numbers of parties that attended the preliminary meeting held on the 16th December, 2021. Thank you.”

Two autopsies were conducted on the deceased, one by the Delta police and the second by the force’s Lagos command.

The first autopsy earlier released to the public had revealed that the deceased died of “chemical intoxication”.

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After a police probe, Hakeem Odumosu, Lagos police commissioner, said findings had been forwarded to the state’s department of public prosecution (DPP).

In the DPP’s advice released on Wednesday, it was stated that the police investigation and the two autopsies conducted on the body of the deceased student failed to establish a prima facie case against the suspects.

A Lagos magistrate court had also granted bail to the five students charged with the alleged murder of Oromoni.

The police also released a housemaster and other staff of the school, saying the court order to detain them had elapsed.

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Olubadan: Watch moment body of late Oba Adetunji arrives Popoyemoja palace

Olubadan: Watch moment the body of late Oba Saliu Adetunji arrives Popoyemoja palace in Ibadan, Naija News 247 reports

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The remains of the late Oba Saliu Adetunji, Olubadan of Ibadanland, have been brought to the palace from the University College Hospital, UCH, where he breathed his last.

In a video by BBC Yoruba, NaijaNews247.com observed the body of the departed monarch, wrapped in light blue cloth, being removed from an ambulance.

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