Oromoni Family: Lagos CP Lied, Police Were Present During First Autopsy

Oromoni Family: Lagos CP Lied, Police Were Present During First Autopsy

The Sylvester Oromoni family has kicked against a statement attributed to Hakeem Odumosu, Lagos commissioner of police, implying that the first autopsy on their deceased son was not witnessed by the police.

Sylvester Oromoni (Jnr), a student of Dowen College Lagos, died last November after efforts to save his life failed.

The 12-year-old boy was alleged to have been attacked by five of his senior colleagues for refusing to join a cult.

Oromoni’s father had alleged that his child was beaten and fed a liquid chemical that eventually claimed his life.

But Dowen College had dismissed the claim, saying the boy sustained injuries while playing football with his colleagues.

The Lagos CP had thereafter ordered a probe into Oromoni’s death while Dowen College was sealed off.

Two autopsies were conducted on the deceased, one by the Delta police and the second by the force’s Lagos command.

The first autopsy, as reported, established that Oromoni died of “acute lung injury due to chemical intoxication.”

A copy of the Delta autopsy — now available to the public — bore the stamp of the police area commander in Warri.

The post mortem listed an investigating police officer (IPO) named Tije Augustine among its witnesses.

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But a report dated January 2 quoted Odumosu as saying that the Delta autopsy was not witnessed by the police.

Efforts to reach Odumosu for clarification via texts and calls proved abortive as the CP hung up on this reporter.

Calls and texts put to Adekunle Ajisebutu, the Lagos police PRO, by TheCable Lifestyle were met with no response.

We never hired a private pathologist, bereaved father wades in

In a chat with TheCable Lifestyle, the father of the deceased, however, debunked the claim that only the family witnessed the post mortem.

“It’s not possible. The first autopsy was conducted by the police too. There’s a police area command stamp on it. Our family doesn’t have a pathologist,” the bereaved said in a phone conversation.

“It was the police that carried out a coroner’s inquest and called on the pathologist to do the autopsy. We didn’t even have a copy as of when the autopsy results came out. They sent it to the Lagos police first.

“After three days, I asked that the family gets a copy. We were told to apply through our lawyer before the assistant CP gave us a copy. That was why he stamped all the pages. Who on earth will say it’s not authentic?

“It wasn’t the family that did it. The Delta police did. The family relied on it since he came to our home in Warri.”

In the viral report, Odumosu was quoted as citing the alleged lack of police presence as the reason he, alongside the Alkali Usman Baba, inspector-general of police, resolved to have a second post mortem carried out in Lagos.

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