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The Lagos State Government has cleared the students and staff of Dowen College accused of being responsible for the death of 12-year-old Slyvester Oromoni Junior.

The students exonerated were named 16-year-old Favour Benjamin, 15-year-old Micheal Kashamu, 16-year-old Edward Begue, 14-year-old Ansel Temile, and 15-year-old Kenneth Inyang.

The school and its staff identified as Celina Uduak, Valentine Igboekweze, Hammed Ayomo Bariyu, Adesanya Olusesan Olusegun, and Mr. Adeyemi were also cleared based on insufficient evidence to be prosecuted for the offence of Negligent Act Causing Harm contrary to section 252 of the Criminal Law Ch. C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State 2015.

The State cleared them following the Legal Advice of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Ms. Adetutu Oshinusi.

According to the legal advice addressed to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, and the trial magistrate, Magistrate Olatunbosun Adeola, the interim and final autopsy reports issued by the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and toxicology report of post mortem samples and that of the Central Hospital, Warri agreed as to the cause of death namely: Septicaemia, Lobar Pneumonia with Acute Pyelonephritis, Pyomyositis of the right ankle and Acute Bacteria Pneumonia due to severe Sepsis.

The result of the toxicology is also not indicative of any toxic or poisonous substance in the body of the deceased, DPP said.

On the allegation of membership of an unlawful society, DPP noted that the available facts are insufficient to establish such offence.

DPP maintained that there is no prima face case established, so the suspects cannot be prosecuted for the offence of Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter, or Malicious Administering of Poison with Intent to Harm.

“Based on available evidence in the duplicate case file, there is no prima facie case established and this Office cannot prosecute the suspects for the offence of Murder, Involuntary Manslaughter and or Malicious Administering of Poison with Intent to Harm contrary to sections 223, 224 and 243 of the Criminal Law, Laws of Lagos State 2015 respectively. The suspects should be released if still in custody.”

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