The Lagos State Police Command has claimed that Sylvester Oromoni Jr, a deceased student of Dowen College, died from natural causes.
The Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, stated this on Friday while addressing reporters at the command headquarters in Ikeja on Friday.
Odumosu said five students and three house masters earlier arrested were released following autopsy results, which showed they were not culpable.
“Investigation was extended to Delta State and Abuja. The same case was reported at Area Command, Warri, Delta State, on Dec. 1, 2021.
“It has also been established that a postmortem examination was initially carried out on Dec. 22, 2021, by a Consultant Pathologist, Dr Clement Vhriterhire of the Central Hospital, Warri.
“The result of the first autopsy dated Dec. 10, 2021, attributed the cause of death to ‘acute lung injury due to chemical intoxication in a background of blunt force trauma.”
The police chief said while the result of the toxicology was being awaited, another autopsy was ordered by the Coroner Magistrate in Lagos.
The corpse was then moved with armed police escorts from Delta to Lagos by TOS Funeral, and the autopsy conducted at the expense of the state government.
The result signed by Dr Clement Vhriterhire, who carried out the initial autopsy, attributed the cause of the death to ‘acute bacterial pneumonia due to severe sepsis’.
Odumosu added that all suspects denied the allegations of torture, bullying and administering of poisonous substance to the deceased.
The police maintain that the allegation that the Oromoni was being forced to join a cult group was not established as other students had since denied it.