the Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) rejected the opinion of the Lagos State Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) exonerating the students and officials of Dowen College Lagos from the death of Sylvester Oromoni, a student of the college.
The group has engaged the legal services of Anthony George-Ikoli (SAN) to seek justice for Mr Oromoni’s death.
IYC Lagos Chapter President Henry Oyobolo slammed the January 4 Lagos DPP notice during a press conference in Lagos on Friday.
He said that following the publication of the DPP notice, the IYC organized a peaceful protest on January 6 at the gates of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, to express their grievance and dissatisfaction with the findings of the Lagos State Government.
The IYC President said that following the protest, the group had hired Mr. George-Ikoli (SAN), former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice of Bayelsa, as legal counsel.
“Part of Chief George-Ikoli’s job will be to reveal all medical reports, statements released by the police, Dowen College and the Lagos State Department of Justice, and all correspondence and documentation exchanged between all stakeholders.
“He will liaise with the law firm of Mr. Femi Falana (SAN) or any other law firm commissioned by Sylvester Oromoni’s father in any court or other proceeding relating to the facts of the case.
“He will also take appropriate steps to represent the Ijaw Youth Council, Lagos Chapter, if and when required,” Mr Oyobolo said.
The group assured the Oromoni family of their support and reiterated their determination to do everything legally possible to seek justice for the deceased.
Mr Oromoni, 12, died on November 30, 2021, allegedly from injuries sustained in an attack by five senior Dowen College students for allegedly refusing to join a cult.
It was also alleged that he was forced to drink a foul-smelling substance by his attackers.
The January 4 notice from the Lagos State DPP, however, declared that Mr Oromoni’s cause of death was acute bacterial pneumonia due to severe sepsis.
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