Sylvester Oromoni inquest resumes as boy’s corpse remains unburied

Sylvester Oromoni Dowen College

The Ikeja Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday resumed the inquest into the death of Sylvester Oromoni, a student of Dowen College, Lekki in Lagos.

The sitting was held behind closed doors with only a few relatives allowed in.

Oromoni, 12, died on November 30, 2021, allegedly from injuries sustained in an attack.

The Oromoni family is represented on the inquest by Femi Falana (SAN) while Bernard Onigah is representing the Nigeria Bar Association.

The accused persons and the Lagos government are equally represented by their lawyers.

Meanwhile, some groups have called for a speedy inquest “in the interest of justice”.

The groups spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos after the sitting.

Among the groups was Justice for Oromoni, whose coordinator, Regent Youmor, called on the judiciary to ensure that the late student’s case was expeditiously concluded.

He begged that the case should be quickly heard to ensure quick dispensation of justice.

“To the layman, it will look like justice delayed if the case drags. This is a national issue; it is not ethnic and not solely legal. It is more of traditional and moral,” he opined.

Chairman, Ijaw National Congress(INC), Lagos chapter Ebitimi Dio-Posibi said that his group would be grateful if judgement was delivered “as fast as possible”.

He said an expeditious hearing was important because “the late Omoroni has not been buried”.

“That Oromoni has not been buried a year after his demise is against the customs and traditions of the Ijaw people, particularly as he was just a child,” he said.

Vice-chairperson, Ijaw Youth Council (IYC) Winifred Ibitaka told NAN that she was not happy that the case was “taking time”.

Ibitaka emphasised the need for justice to be delivered on time “so that the boy can be buried”.