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Sylvester Oromoni: Court bars journalists from covering inquest

A coroner sitting in Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State barred journalists and other interested parties from covering and witnessing the inquest during a hearing on the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr.

The case aims to unravel the circumstances that led to the death of the 12-year-old student of Dowen College Lagos, who was allegedly killed by fellow students some months ago.

The registrar of the court earlier announced that the hearing was mainly for lawyers, urging newsmen and other interested parties to vacate the courtroom before the proceedings.

NAN gathered that the court took the decision because some of the senior students of Dowen College accused of beating the deceased were present in court to testify.

A representative of the Nigeria Bar Association, NBA Ikeja branch, Mr Benard Oniga, who spoke to some reporters, said journalists would not be allowed to cover the proceedings during the week as minors would be testifying on the incident.

He said, “Journalists will be shut out from covering the inquest this week because minors will be testifying.

The witnesses are minors and the purpose is to protect the Child Rights Acts,” he said.

Oromoni’s family had alleged that the 12-year-old student died on Nov. 30, 2021, from injuries sustained in an attack by five senior students of the college.

The family also alleged that the deceased was attacked for his refusal to join a cult and he was forced to drink a substance by his attackers.

Advice by the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) released on Jan. 4, however, disputed the allegations.

It stated that an autopsy revealed the cause of the student’s death as acute bacterial pneumonia due to severe sepsis

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