Dowen College: Oromoni Jnr Is Hale and Hearty Before School Saga – Mother

Mrs Rosemary Oromoni, the mother of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr., the late 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Lagos, says the late student had no health challenge before the complaints he made a few days before his death.

Rosemary said this while being cross-examined by counsel to Dowen College, Mr Anthony Kpokpo.

She testified on Monday at a coroner’s inquest to unravel the circumstances that led to the student’s death on Nov 30, 2021.

The inquest is taking place at an Ikeja Magistrates’ Court.

Rosemary wept profusely while testifying.

The Coroner, Mr Mikhail Kadiri, had to stand down proceedings two times to enable her to pull herself together.

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According to the witness, she could not take the late student to the hospital on the day he arrived home from school with complaints, a few days before his death.

She said she could not take him to the hospital because the hospital was occupied.

“I could not take him to the hospital from Friday to Monday, but did so on Tuesday,” she said.

She further told the coroner that before her son died, she observed that his breathing changed.

Okpokpo asked her whether she had seen the doctor’s report and whether she would be surprised to learn that the report stated that her late son’s bones were in good condition.

The witness replied in the negative.

The family’s lead counsel, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), however, objected to the defence counsel’s question as to whether the witness would be surprised at the doctor’s report.

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“Mrs Oromoni did not author the report nor present it as evidence and should not be made to answer whether she is surprised or not at the doctor’s report,” he said.

The counsel representing the school further asked whether she was the one in a video that surfaced on social media showing a woman holding and supporting the deceased to walk.

She replied: “I was aware of the video and it was shot in my house but I never instructed anyone to make it.

“I was not the one assisting him in the video though I was aware of the video but I can not remember who shot it.

“I do not know how many videos that were shot in my house on that day.”

While being cross-examined by Mr Nosa Iyamo, counsel to one of the students alleged to have bullied the deceased, Rosemary said that the said video was made for the school.

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All the counsel informed the court that there were no other witnesses to be called in the inquest.

Kadiri commiserated with the witness and her family on the death of the student and admitted the statement she made at the police station in evidence.

The coroner directed that all the counsel should file their final written addresses in two weeks.

Kadiri adjourned the case until Nov. 20 for adoption of the final written addresses.

The coroner had on Sept. 3 invited the mother of the deceased to give evidence.

Sylvester Oromoni Jnr. reportedly died on Nov 30, 2021, at a private hospital in Warri, Delta, after alleged health complications at Dowen College, Lagos.

The Oromoni family alleged that their son died from injuries he suffered as a result of bullying by five senior students of the college.

They also claimed that he was not treated by the school in a hospital

Wahab Akinlade

Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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