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UPDATED: Five Dowen College students in Police custody over Sylvester Oromoni jnr’s death

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The five students allegedly mentioned by a deceased 12-year-old student of Dowen College in Lekki, Sylvester Oromoni jnr, were reported to have been arrested and detained by the Nigerian Police, Lagos Command for questioning on their involvement in the circumstances surrounding the former student’s death.

Three of the five students were said to have been picked by the law enforcement agency to listen to their own side of the story and they were said to be cooperating with the police to unravel those that inflicted injuries on the deceased teenager that later led to his death in Lagos.

Hours after, the two others linked to the 12-year-old’s death were said to have been brought under the police custody for investigations to ascertain if they were responsible for the injuries sustained by the deceased while in the school hostel.

Before death, the former student, while writhing in pain, was said to have mentioned names of five senior students from the school that often bullied him and attacked him on that fateful day in his hostel.

Among the names said to have been mentioned by the deceased includes Adewale Kashamu, the son of late senator Buruji Kashamu, whose family have, however, distanced him from the actions that claimed the life of the student.

As gathered, the students were invited by the Divisional Police Officer of Maroko Police Station and were said to have later been taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba for questioning over Sylvester’s death.

The students, who were interrogated at the SCID, it was gathered, were accompanied to the police station by their parents and lawyers, to guide them on their response.

A source at the Department disclosed to The Guild that the students were currently been held there for questioning pending when the police would complete their findings.

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Confirming the development on the case that had generated reactions globally, Lagos State commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu, told newsmen on Tuesday that the students were currently assisting the police to identify everyone involved in the case.

Odumosu, although did not give identities of those in the custody of the law enforcement agency, but insisted that they were key suspects in the 12-year-old death and that they were minor whose identity should be protected.

The police boss hinted that the Command in collaboration with the Delta Command were set to conduct a post mortem examination on Sylvester’s body in Delta State to ascertain the cause of death.

He assured Nigerians that the police authorities in both states were keenly interested in the outcome of the investigation to unravel the mystery behind Sylvester’s death.

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