The Lagos State Police Command on Saturday warned citizens not to take the law into their own hands, concerning the death of a student of Dowen College, Lekki, Sylvester Oromoni.
This was contained in a statement dated December 4, a day which was supposed to be the 12th birthday of the deceased.
The statement titled ‘Investigation Into The Death Of Sylvester Oromoni Of Dowen College, Lekki, Ongoing’ was signed by the state police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu.
In the state, the police stated that since investigations have been transferred to the Homicide Section of the state’s Criminal Investigation Department, citizens should allow justice to take its full course.
The statement partly read, “In view of the seriousness of the case, the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, has also been directed to take over the investigation of the case immediately.
“Members of the public, particularly the deceased’s bereaved parents, friends and relatives, are assured that the Lagos State Police Command has deployed all available human and material resources at its disposal to unravel the circumstances surrounding the sad and unfortunate incident.
“While diligent investigation is ongoing, members of the public are advised against taking the law into their own hands. They are also enjoined to refrain from comments that could jeopardise investigation.”
Circumstances surrounding Oromoni’s death
Reports had emerged that Oromoni, who died on November 30, 2021, was bullied and beaten by fellow students.
The supposed injuries from the beating led to his death, according to a Twitter user with the handle @perrisonoromoni, who claimed to be the boy’s cousin.
However, in a statement on Wednesday, the school denied all allegations stating that Oromoni was neither bullied nor beaten but only complained of hip pain after playing football.
Contrary to the school’s statement, the victim’s cousin rolled out photos and video evidence, which corroborated the fact that the child was bullied and beaten; an action that led to his death.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Ministry of Education has ordered the indefinite closure of the school, pending the outcome of the investigation.
Celebrities and Nigerians on social media has demanded justice for the late Sylvester and has rolled out the hashtag #justiceforsylvester to voice out their agitations.