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Autopsy Reveals Sylvester Oromoni Died Of Natural Causes; Police Release Suspects

The autopsy conducted on the body of late Sylvester Oromoni and released by police authorities in Lagos show the boy died of natural causes. Sylvester allegedly died after he was reportedly tortured by senior students at Dowen College in a bid to recruit him into the cult. Lagos State commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu, however disclosed that coroners’ reports from Lagos and Delta states indicated he died of natural causes.

Odumosu added that the five students and three house masters from earlier arrested and detained in police custody over the case have been released since the autopsy reports have absolved them of any culpability.

The police commissioner disclosed that the case was reported in Delta State on December 1, 2021, and consultant pathologist Dr. Clement Vhriterhire of Central Hospital, Warri, conducted a postmortem on December 22, 2021.

“The result of the first autopsy dated December 10, 2021, attributed the cause of death to acute lung injury due to chemical intoxication in a background of blunt force trauma,” Odumosu stated.

The police commissioner added that while the police awaited the toxicology report from Delta State, the magistrate court in Lagos ordered for another autopsy to be conducted on Sylvester – at the expense of the state government. He said the second postmortem was conducted on December 14, 2021, at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital and Sylvester’s family members, police officials, and representatives from the government were present at the examination.

Odumosu disclosed that the report was released on December 21, 2021 and it “attributed the cause of the death to septicaemia, lobar pneumonia with acute pyelonephritis and pyomyositis of the right ankle.” He compared this result to that conducted by Dr. Vhriterhire of Delta State which gave the cause of death as “acute bacterial pneumonia due to severe sepsis.”

He said this means that suspects from Dowen College had nothing to do with Sylvester’s death. The bacteria infection from an ankle injury spread to his vital organs and was ultimately responsible for his death.

“These infections emanated from the ankle infection described earlier in the report. Microscopic sections also confirmed these findings,” the toxicology report from Lagos stated. “Death was from septicemia, following infections of the lungs and kidneys arising from ankle wound. No evidence of blunt force trauma in this body. The findings in the oesophagus and stomach are not compatible with chemical intoxication. Death in this case is natural.”