A human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN), has petitioned the deputy commissioner, Lagos police command to invite controversial blogger, Kemi Olunloyo over a comment she made regarding the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni Jnr.
Sylvester's case generated public outrage some weeks ago when one of his relations lamented his death on the microblogging platform, Twitter.
He alleged that the young boy was tortured to death at Dowen College over his refusal to join a cult.
News of Sylvester's death has continued to attract the outrage of Nigerians as many have asked the authorities to bring the culprits to justice.
No fewer than five persons have been grilled by operatives of the Lagos State police command in connection to the death of the deceased.
However, Olunloyo, in her reaction to the events, claimed that the deceased drank engine oil as part of the cult initiation process, adding that Oromoni was not bullied.
#Justiceforsylvester Sylvester Oromoniâs death involved HAZING he allegedly participated in. It is important for Nigerians to know that hazing is a crime in many countries but NOT in Nigeria. The bulk of the investigation should focus on adult supervision when this was going on pic.twitter.com/SIlZ3XgHqK
— Journalist Dr Kemi Olunloyoð¡ (@KemiOlunloyo) December 11, 2021
Olunloyo via an audiotape reiterated that the late Sylvester Oromoni who died under controversial circumstances at Dowen College willingly wanted to join the boy’s gang and drank engine oil.
Her comment sparked angry reactions from Nigerians who condemned her for making such a comment against the deceased who cannot defend himself.
Meanwhile, Falana, in the petition signed by Taiwo Olawanle, a lawyer in Falana & Falana Chambers firm, called for an investigation into the comment made by Olunloyo.
The human rights lawyer said Olunloyo’s comment has exacerbated the pains of the deceased’s parents and family.
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 Oromoni 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.
“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.
“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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