Dowen College Student’s Death: DPP Relies On Results Of Autopsies To Exonerate Accused Persons, As Bereaved Family Cry Foul


The two autopsies conducted to confirm the veracity or other wise of the allegation that Sylvester Oromoni, a student of Dowen College in Lagos State possibly died on November 30, 2021 of injuries sustained from bullying from fellow students, have shown that the student dies of natural causes.


Relying on the results, the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecution, DPP, has gone ahead to exonerate five students and five officials of Dowen College suspected to be linked to the death of the student.


A source told News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, in Lagos that investigations did not establish any prima-facie case of murder against the accused, stressing that there was no foul play and cover up as being alleged in some quarters.

According to the source, the first autopsy which was conducted by the Oromoni family in Warri, Delta, showed that the late Oromoni developed severe septicemia (sepsis) as a result of an infection on his right ankle.


The first autopsy conducted on December 2, 2021, by Clement Vhriterhire, a Consultant Pathologist with Central Hospital Warri, was witnessed by three other persons – an uncle of the deceased, Opudu Boro, the investigating police officer and a lawyer.

The source further said that the second autopsy, which was conducted in Lagos on December 14, 2021, by S.S. Soyemi, a Consultant Pathologist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, was witnessed by 14 people including seven pathologists, other doctors and police officers. Mr Vhriterhire, the Consultant Pathologist, who conducted the first autopsy in Warri, Delta, was also said to be present.


The result of the autopsy showed that:

“Death was from septicemia, following infections of the lungs and kidneys arising from ankle wound.

“No evidence of blunt force trauma in this body. The findings in the oesophagus and stomach are not compatible with chemical intoxication. Death in this case is natural”.


Meanwhile sources close to the parents of the late student say they are not satisfied with the outcome and plans to explore other avenues in search for justice.

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