The father of Sylvester Oromoni Junior has told a Lagos Coroner Court sitting in Ikeja that there is a massive cover-up over the death of his son, a student of Dowen College, Lagos.
Oromoni Senior made the allegation under cross-examination by a Director in the Ministry of Justice, Akin George.
Mr George had asked the deceased’s father to clarify why he alleged a “cover up” in a video clip.
The witness responded that the police had told him the investigation had not been concluded before the five suspects, all students of Dowen College, were released.
In his explanation before Coroner Magistrate, Mikhail Kadri, in an ongoing inquest to unravel the cause of the death of his 12-year-old son, Mr Oromoni said the police report indicated that investigation was ongoing.
He cited what he said was a police report that said a Magistrate Court in Yaba had requested for 21 days, but after only 14 days, the teenage suspects were all granted bail, even when the police were not done with their investigations.
Earlier in the proceedings, Oromoni Senior told the court that he did not call anybody to massage the leg of the deceased, but only to examine the leg.
Upon cross-examination by one of the lawyers of the accused, Godwin Omoaka (SAN), the witness insisted that the school had told them that young Sylvester had suffered muscle pull while playing football.
Yet, the deceased had been massaged in the school several times, not in the house.
Coroner Magistrate Kadri, however, condemned how the matter was being portrayed on social media.
He charged the media to report responsibly, noting that the said social media reports were distractions which would not stop him from due diligence.
Subsequently, he listed some witnesses to be summoned which include: the deceased’s room-mate; Professor John Obafunwa, Dr Amos Fabanwo, the school nurse; the students who allegedly played football with the deceased; Investigating Police officer ( Warri), and Dr Clement Vhriterhire, who was the pathologist in Warri, among others.
Reporting by Wahab Akinlade; Editing by Omotola Oguneye and Tony Okerafor