Coroner blames Sylvester Oromoni’s death on negligence by parents, doctor

Three years after the death of a 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Lekki, Sylvester Junior Oromoni, a Coroner Inquest sitting in Ogba Magistrate Court, has attributed his death to his parents and doctor’s negligence.

The Coroner Magistrate, Mikhail Kadiri, held that Oromoni died as a result of failed treatment for his enlarged liver.

Recall that Oromoni died on November 30, 2021, and his death was attributed to bullying and an alleged poisonous substance he was forced to drink in the school.

It was reported that Oromoni before his death mentioned being beaten up by five senior students of Dowen College whose names were given as Favour Benjamin, 16, Edward Begue (16), Ansel Temile (14) Kenneth Inyang and Micheal Kashamu, 16, son of late Senator, Buruji Kashamu.

The incident led to the indefinite closure of the school despite denying the claim.

However, the school insisted that the boy complained of leg pain following an injury he sustained while playing football.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police ordered a full-scale investigation into the incident.

On January 5, 2022, the Lagos State Government exonerated the five students and five employees of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, who were accused of the death of Sylvester Oromoni.

Two years later, Oromoni was laid to rest at the family’s compound at Ogbe-Ijoh, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta.

Kadiri said, “Based on the foregoing it is clear that the deceased health deteriorated in (doctor) PW 3’s care.

“PW 3, did not take proper care of the deceased, PW 3, completely abandoned the deceased for a period of more than 32 hours.

“The deceased’s death was an avoidable one but for the negligence of the parents and PW 3, they didn’t take him to the hospital until the day he died on November 30, 2021.

“The deceased went through an avoidable and excruciating pain and made to suffer needlessly,” Kadiri said.

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