Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana (SAN), has blasted the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, for saying the late Dowen College student, Sylvester Oromoni, died a natural death without an established fact by the coroner.
Falana, who is a lawyer to the Oromoni family, also rejected the report purportedly issued by the Director of Public Prosecutions, adding that the person who signed the report had no power to do so.
He said: “Under the Coroner Systems Law of Lagos State, only the coroner appointed by the chief coroner is competent to speak authoritatively on the cause of death of any person whose death arose from suspicious circumstances. So, the statement credited to an official in the Office of the DPP and the CP is deliberately meant to subvert the inquest being conducted by the coroner.
“An inquest is a judicial inquiry into the cause of death of any person whose death is unnatural in Lagos State. One Adetutu Osinusi, who wrote the legal advice purportedly clearing the suspects was not and is not the Director of Public Prosecutions in Lagos State.
“On January 4, when she allegedly wrote that illegal advice, there was no acting or substantive DPP in Lagos State. We, therefore, advise the CP to stop making comments on the unfortunate death of Sylvester Oromoni since he has said the matter is pending before the coroner.”