An autopsy carried out by the Consultant Pathologist at the Central Hospital Warri, Clement Vhriterhire, has established that Sylvester Oromoni died of “acute lung injury due to chemical intoxication in a background of blunt force trauma.”
Oromoni, who was a student at the Lagos-based school, died on November 30 last year after efforts to save his life failed.
Meanwhile, the family of the deceased teen has kicked against the decision of the Lagos State Police Command to release the housemaster and other staff of Dowen College, Lekki.
The Lagos state Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, in a press briefing recently said the school housemasters involved in the case had been released since the court order to remand them had expired.
He also said that the police had concluded its investigations, forwarded its report to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP), and had received a response.
“The corpse was brought from Delta to Lagos. The post-mortem was carried out in Lagos. The result is out. As of now, it has not brought out the issue of murder on anybody,” he was quoted as saying.
“Toxicology is still to be carried out, which is the final one. The interim one has not.
“Based on that, the court order we got has elapsed and we have released the housemaster and others on bail as of yesterday because they have not been indicted of murder. It is only murder cases that are not subject to bail.
“Since the medical report has not indicted them so far, I think there is a need for them to have their freedom because bail is not the end of the case.”
The development comes after the court had granted bail to five students charged with the alleged murder of Oromoni.
In his reaction, Perry Oromoni, a member of the bereaved family, accused the Lagos police and the government of hoarding the second autopsy result of the corpse.
“The Lagos State Government has decided to go in favour of Dowen College Lagos and murderers involved,” he said.