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Sylvester Oromoni: My investigation didn’t incriminate his fellow students – Police investigator

A Chief Superintendent of Police, CSP Bamidele Olusegun has said he found nothing in his investigation into the murder of late Sylvester Oromoni jnr against some of his fellow students that were accused to have assaulted him.

CSP Bamidele said this while being cross-examined by the counsel representing Dowen College, Mr. Anthony Kpokpo on Tuesday. Tuesday’s cross-examination by Mr. Kpokpo followed Monday’s cross-examination of the same witness by counsel to the family, Mr. Femi Falana SAN.

He added that part of his report stated that although the three house masters are negligent and passive when cases of inadequate behavior are reported to them yet the same report also stated in another paragraph that he found nothing in his investigation as regarding to the murder case of the deceased against the house masters.

CSP Olusegun also told the court that the suspected students were in custody for fourteen days but he only visited them once. He also said that none of them confirmed to him during the interrogation that the deceased was beaten or bullied on the 21st of November, 2021.

While answering questions from the presiding Magistrate, Mr. Mikhail Kadiri on whether he conducted a thorough investigation, the witness answered in the affirmative.

He added that when he visited the deceased’s room at Dowen College, he recalled that it had seven occupants but he could however not interview all the students because the school had been closed.

“I was able to speak to only for our of the seven students in the room. The other students could not be interviewed because their parents said they were too traumatized by the incident to speak.”

Another witness who was cross-examined by Femi Falana SAN and a medical doctor with Dowen College, Dr. Mojisola Bisiriyu, also narrated to the magistrate how she treated Sylvester Oromoni jnr. for hip pain and not leg injury.

Dr. Bisiriyu stated that the deceased did not have any leg injury when she saw him, explaining that leg injury is quite different a from leg pain. Late Sylvester did not have any visible injury, she said. She also said he wasn’t in a critical condition when she attended to him.

The medical doctor who stated that she has worked with Dowen College for over five years said : “As the school Doctor, my duty is to take care of students in the school and for whatever we see that demands attention, we usually call the parent.

“I saw the deceased on November 22, 2021, he came in with pain on his right side and that was what I saw him for. He came him with a limp and no other complaints.

“I spoke with the deceased’s mother, Mrs Oromoni to come pick her son for further treatment and they came the next day. I didn’t refer him to our partner hospital in Lekki because his case was not considered an emergency.”

While answering questions from Mr Izuchukwu Ohadinma, the doctor further said she was surprised that the deceased’s parents didn’t take him to any hospital after they took him away from the school. She maintained that she did not refer the deceased to the hospital because he was not in any critical condition at the time he visited the sick bay.

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