HomeNewsCoroner Pins Dowen Student Oromoni's Death On Parental Negligence, Clears 5 Mates

Coroner Pins Dowen Student Oromoni’s Death On Parental Negligence, Clears 5 Mates

In Photo: Late Dowen College student, Sylvester Oromoni, and his parents


Lagos Coroner, Magistrate Mikhail Kadiri, has ruled that the 2021 death of a student of Dowen College, Lagos, Sylvester Oromoni, came from natural causes, preventable if there had been more parental diligence.

Reading a judgment lasting over six hours, the Coroner attributed the death of the the 12-year-old to an avoidable case of parental and medical negligence.

The Coroner held that Oromoni died of sepsis emanating from infection of the lungs and kidney caused by an ankle injury.

‘’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,” the Coroner said

Magistrate Kadiri absolved some students of Dowen college named in the incident as he concluded that they played no part in the death of Sylvester, and should not have been involved in the matter.

He further recommended that the management of Dowen College should ensure proper documentation of entry and exit of students out of the hostel, as well as proper psychological evaluation for the 5 students suspected to have bullied the deceased.

He however commiserated with the family, saying:  “ pray that God comfort you for this great loss and make things easy for your family.”

Late Sylvester Jnr died on Nov. 30, 2021, at a private hospital in Warri, Delta, after alleged health complications at Dowen College, Lagos.

Following his death, the Lagos State Government shut down the school and set up a coroner’s inquest to unravel the circumstances surrounding his death after his parents alleged that their deceased son while on his dying bed, mentioned the names of some of his schoolmates whom he accused of bullying him.

The family also insisted that their son died from injuries he suffered as a result of bullying by five senior students of the college, and claimed that he was not treated by the school after the incident.


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