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Police authorities in Lagos State on Friday announced that the 12-year-old student of Dowen College in Lekki, Sylvester Oromoni, died a natural death and not due to torture or poison as widely believed.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Hakeem Odumosu, made this disclosure while briefing reporters at the Command Headquarters in Ikeja on the investigations conducted into the death of the boy.
He revealed that the final results of the post-mortem and toxicology examination conducted in Lagos and Delta indicated the cause of the death was natural.
According to the police commissioner, the police position was the submission of Dr S. Soyemi, the consultant pathologist who led a team of pathologists to carry out the autopsy.
The findings, he said, confirmed that there was no evidence to establish a case of torture, bullying and forceful application of poisonous substances against the students and staff of the school arrested by the police.
Odumosu stressed that all the suspects denied the allegations of torture, bullying, and administering of poisonous substances to the deceased.
He added that the allegation that the deceased was forced to join a cult group was also not established, as the students interviewed denied the claim.
The briefing held two days after the Lagos State government cleared the students and employees of the school accused of complicity in the death of Sylvester.
This followed the legal advice of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) in Lagos, Ms Adetutu Oshinusi, that the interim and final autopsy reports issued in Lagos and Delta were in agreement as to the cause of death.
Septicaemia, lobar pneumonia with acute pyelonephritis, pyomyositis of the right ankle and acute bacteria pneumonia, all due to severe sepsis led to the death of Sylvester.
AFRICA TODAY NEWS, NEW YORK