Dowen College alleges ‘ambush’ by family

Dowen College, Lagos, alleged in an Ikeja coroner’s court on Monday that it was “ambushed” by Sylvester Oromoni Snr, father of a deceased student, Sylvester Oromoni Jr. The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that Dowen College solicitor Anthony Kpokpo made the allegation at the start of Oromoni Snr’s testimony. after some documents, videos and audio recordings were offered as evidence. Kpokpo said documents, videos and audio were withheld from other parties in the lawsuit all along to create a stir. The evidence includes documents, photographs, audio recordings, videos and damaged luggage of the deceased. They were offered by the Oromoni family’s lawyer, Andrew Efole. Photo and video presentations of the late Mr. Oromoni Jnr. was played in the investigation. One of the videos was from Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) from November 23, 2021, showing the deceased student arriving home from school. In the images, he could not enter his house from the vehicle that brought him. He had to be carried on his back home. A voice speaking over the recording said, “This is my brother when he was brought home from school. I had to call the security man to come and take my brother. “I don’t know where Adeyemi got the facts that he (Oromoni Jnr.) was walking alone.” Another video showed the deceased student crying in severe pain, unable to walk and being helped by two female relatives. Other videos showed him in various states of pain and discomfort. There was an audio recording of Mr. Oromoni Snr. asking the deceased student’s classmate about what happened to his son. Following the playback of the images and audio, Mr. Kpokpo described the handover of the documents as an “intent to ambush the other side.” “The content of this flash affirms our earlier claim that it was deliberately kept away from us. “The videos we just viewed and the managed audio we heard had always been in the custody of the family of the deceased and were brought up at this stage for surprise value. “In the circumstances of what we are seeing, we are forced to go and see all the materials that are presented to us. “I pray that my learned friend will kindly extend courtesy to us as we did to them so that we are adequately prepared to cross-examine the witness moving forward,” he said. Lagos state government lawyer Akin George also described the development as an ‘ambush’. “It will not be out of place to say that the other side’s lawyer acted as an ambush,” he said. Godwin Omoaka (SAN), a lawyer for one of the accused Dowen College students, said the other parties to the proceedings were ‘caught off guard’. ALSO READ: Sylvester Oromoni investigation: Coroner furious at public comments from relatives of the deceased “My learned friend (Efole) should have made the documents available to us all this time. advertisements “It’s appropriate for us to watch those videos and watch them, otherwise it’s going to impact the issue of a fair hearing for us,” he said. The coroner, Mikhail Kadiri, deferred the testimony of Mr. Oromoni Snr. until February 14. “This is to allow the parties to study the documents and videos,” he said. However, the process was postponed until February 8, due to the testimony of a pathologist. Oromoni Jr., 12 years old. he reportedly died on November 30, 2021 from injuries sustained in an attack by five Dowen College seniors for refusing to join a cult. It was also alleged that his attackers forced him to drink an unpleasant substance. However, a Lagos State Public Prosecutor’s Office advice released on January 4 disputed the allegation, stating that two autopsies revealed the student’s cause of death to be acute bacterial pneumonia due to severe sepsis. (YAYA) Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Dowen College alleges ‘ambush’ by family