The Lagos State Police Command has given a stern warning against planned protests over the death of a student of Dowen College, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr.
It should be recalled that The News Beam had reported that Sylvester had died after being allegedly tortured at the school premises by cultists for his refusal to join the fraternity.
The police had earlier picked up five Dowen college students accused by Sylvester Oromoni junior before his death. However, in a turn of events, the Lagos State Government dismissed all charges against the students, as well as, five officials of the school.
The legal advice addressed to the Deputy Commissioner of Police, State Criminal Investigation Department, SCID, and the trial magistrate, Magistrate Olatunbosun Adeola, also gave the cause of Sylvester’s death as Septicaemia, Lobar Pneumonia with Acute Pyelonephritis, Pyomyositis of the right ankle, and Acute Bacteria Pneumonia due to severe Sepsis.
This development was met with heavy condemnation by a number of Nigerians and as a result of the ruling, protests were also held in front of the school on Thursday, January 6, 2021.
The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, at a press conference on Friday, January 7 has, however, stated that such demonstrations and protests will not be permitted.
Odumosu also advised that all grievances should be aired at the court of law.
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He said, “Much as we commiserate with the bereaved family on the death of their lovely and promising child, it is advised that the protesters and other individuals or groups who are still aggrieved should go to law court to seek redress instead of taking the law into their own hands.
“Thus members of the public who may have any misgivings about the outcome of the police investigation, medical enquiry and legal advice with this case are advised to follow due process in law rather than resorting to self-help.
“The police will not fold their arms and allow any act or omission that could threaten the peace being enjoyed in the state.”