Oromoni: Group demands release of coroner’s report

A group, Justice for Sylvester Oromoni Committee, on Monday, expressed displeasure over the prolonged delay by the coroner’s inquest set up by the Lagos State Government to investigate the cause of death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr.

Oromoni, a JSS II student of Dowen College, Lekki in Lagos State reportedly died on November 30, 2021, from alleged torture by some identified senior students of the college after allegedly administering a poisonous substance that was forced down his throat.

However, the group appealed to the state government, the judiciary and other well-meaning Nigerians to prevail on members of the Coroner to immediately make its findings and recommendations available to the public in the interest of justice for the deceased.

In a statement signed by its Coordinator, Regent Youmor and made available to journalists in Asaba, Delta State capital, the group said it had become necessary for the coroner to immediately disclose its findings for the parties involved to take their next line of action in ensuring that justice prevails.

The statement read, “It’s unthinkable to see that a Coroner’s Inquest that is usually set up with specific terms of reference and a short time frame to submit its findings to enable parties involved take the next line of action open to them in any particular case is now the one foot-dragging to make the report public.

“From our little experience of how a Coroner’s Inquest works, members are allowed to sit even on Sundays, to meet up within the specified time frame given, but in this case, we have an Inquest that adjourns for two months, comes back to sit briefly again and then takes another three months adjournment for no good reasons.”

The group, therefore, called on the Federal Government, Lagos State Government, the judiciary, as well as well-meaning Nigerians, to prevail on the Coroner’s Inquest to make public its findings so that the bereaved family could proceed with its next line of action.


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