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Sylvester Oromoni: NANS also warns against reopening of Dowen College, worried about autopsy report

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The National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) has reacted to the report of the autopsy conducted on the body of Sylvester Oromoni, a student of Dowen College, Lagos State.

Oromoni’s death was alleged to have come after he was reportedly bullied and made to drink a substance by some senior students of the school.

But, an investigative committee set up by the National Chairman of NANS, Sunday Asefon, said Nigerian students are dumbfounded hearing that Sylvester Oromoni died of some infections.

The Chairman of the committee, Oladimeji Uthman, at a press conference in Abeokuta, said, the NANS investigative committee had obtained the autopsy results of Sylvester Oromoni, saying “the results contradicted allegations that he took a harmful substance and was assaulted before his death.

“The autopsy and toxicology report conducted by the Nigeria Police Force disclosed the cause of his death to be Septicaemia, Lobar Pneumonia with Acute Pyelonephritis, Pyomyositis of the right ankle and Acute Bacterial Pneumonia due to severe Sepsis,” Uthman said.

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He informed that the committee had contacted a medical expert “to make clarifications on how possible knee injury (as claimed by the Dowen College management initially) could develop to those infections mentioned in the autopsy.”

The NANS committee said it was perplexed that the Nigeria police did not make mention of bullying in their reports, stressing that, “We know that Sylvester was bullied but why are state actors trying not to comment on it? We are dumbfounded hearing that Sylvester Oromoni Jr died of those infections.”

As a result, the students leaders requested Dowen College and Sylvester’s family to make public his medical records/history so as to know if there were any ailments he was battling with before his death.

Uthman disclosed that the NANS Investigative Committee is paying attention to developments, reiterating that it would not condone any form of injustice promoted by any institution or personality.

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He spoke further that “Nigerian students are seeking answers and we will not allow injustice to thrive.”

He added NANS was in possession of privileged information on how some “powers that-be have been frantically making moves to open the school at all cost, damning the magnitude of the horrible incident.”

The body warned the Lagos State government to ensure the college remain closed, threatening to not only tag the Lagos State Governor as an enemy of humanity, but to also “mobilize all our armless battalion to the streets of Lagos and march in our thousands to seek for adequate justice for slain Sylvester if the school is re-opened anytime soon.”

While calling on the masses to join forces with NANS, Uthman maintained that, “We shall continue to seek justice for Sylvester even if heaven must fall.”

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