Dowen College: Femi Falana Asks Police To Invite Blogger, Kemi Olunloyo Over ‘Reckless’ Comment On Sylvester’s Death


Justice For Sylvester: Victim’s Family Petitions Journalist Kemi Olunloyo Over CommentFemi Falana, human rights lawyer, has called for an investigation into the “reckless and false” comment made by Kemi Olunloyo, a blogger, regarding the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr.

MDB had reported the death of Oromoni who was alleged to have been attacked by some senior students of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, for refusing to join a cult group, but the school said the 12-year-old boy died after sustaining injury while playing football.

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His death has continued to spark angry reactions on social media as many Nigerians are asking the authorities to bring the culprits to justice.

Last week, the police command in Lagos grilled five students in connection to the death of the deceased.

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Reacting to Oromoni’s death, Olunloyo, in a series of posts and conversations on Twitter, claimed that the deceased drank engine oil as part of the cult initiation process, adding that Oromoni was not bullied.

Olunloyo’s comment sparked a flurry of angry reactions with many Nigerians condemning the blogger for making such a comment against the deceased who cannot defend himself.

In a petition signed by Taiwo Olawanle, a lawyer in Falana’s firm, addressed to the deputy commissioner of police, Lagos police command, the human rights lawyer said Olunloyo’s comment has exacerbated the pains of the deceased’s parents and family.

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Falana asked the police to invite Olunloyo to explain her “false information” and be charged to court if she cannot substantiate the comment.

The petition reads;

Although the students and staff of the college suspected to have played a role in the brutal murder of Sylvester Oromini have made useful statements to the police. One Ms Kemi Olunloyo has just introduced another twist to the incident.

According to a false statement credited to her, Ms Olunloyo claimed that “Sylvester Oromoni wanted to join the cult, he agreed to be beaten and drank engine oil as part of the initiation process.

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It further stated;

Ms Olunloyo recorded her false statement and has been circulating the same on social media in a wicked manner with the sole purpose of diverting attention from the ongoing investigation by the police.

Apart from attempting to destroy the name of Sylvester Oromoni, Ms Olunloyo has exacerbated the tragedy of his parents, family members and friends without any justification whatsoever.

The petition added;

Even though the reckless statement is a figment of the imagination of Ms Olunloyo, we are of the strong view that she ought to assist the police in the ongoing investigation into the cause of the death of Sylvester Oromoni.

We are therefore compelled to request the police to investigate the allegation of false information being circulated by Ms Olunloyo on the gruesome circumstances surrounding the death of Sylvester Oromoni.

If she cannot substantiate her reckless allegation, Ms Olunloyo ought to be charged with false information in the Magistrate Court in Lagos state.

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