BREAKING: Late Dowen student Sylvester Oromoni finally laid to rest

BREAKING: Late Dowen student Sylvester Oromoni finally laid to rest

Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a 12-year-old student at Dowen College in Lekki, Lagos State, was laid to rest on Saturday, January 27, 2024, at the family’s compound in Ogbe-Ijoh, Warri South West Local Government Area of Delta.

This burial comes more than two years after his death.

Among the notable attendees at the burial ceremony was Human Rights Activist, Femi Falana (SAN).


Oromoni (Jnr) passed away in November 2021, allegedly as a result of being beaten by five of his classmates.

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Dowen College denied these allegations, stating that the boy had sustained his injuries while playing football with his friends.

The Oromoni family disputed Dowen’s claim, arguing that their son had no pre-existing health issues before the incident.

They insisted that the boy’s body would remain in the morgue until a definitive verdict was delivered by a coroner’s inquest.


In January 2022, an initial autopsy revealed that Oromoni had died from “acute lung injury due to chemical intoxication,” but this result was later discredited.

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The department of public prosecution (DPP) in Lagos released a second result ruling that Oromoni died naturally.

The case has been in court since 2022 and the bereaved family vowed to pursue the matter up to the apex court.


Last week, during the adoption of final written addresses by parties to the case, Mikhail Kadiri, the magistrate presiding over the coroner’s inquest on Oromoni, said the outcome of the court rounds will be made known on April 12.

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“All witnesses have been called and the ruling is the only thing remaining,” a member of the family said.

“My family decided it was time to bury [him] and say our final goodbyes.”



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