Femi Falana (SAN), a well-known human rights lawyer, has petitioned the deputy commissioner of the Lagos Police Command to summon popular controversial blogger and US-trained investigative journalist Kemi Olunloyo in connection with the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni Jnr of Dowen College.
When one of Sylvester’s relatives lamented his death on the microblogging platform Twitter a few weeks ago, it sparked public outrage.
He claimed that the young boy had been tortured to death at Dowen College for refusing to join a cult.
The news of Sylvester’s death has continued to enrage Nigerians, with many pleading with authorities to bring the perpetrators to justice.
According to the police force’s spokesperson, two housemasters and three college students have been grilled/investigated by operatives of the Lagos State police command. These people are said to be connected to the deceased’s death.
In her reaction to the events, Olunloyo claimed that the deceased drank engine oil as part of the cult initiation process, adding that Oromoni was not bullied.
Kemi had tweeted;
— Journalist Dr Kemi Olunloyoð¡ (@KemiOlunloyo) December 11, 2021
In response to the blogger’s comments, human rights activist Falana requested that the police summon Kemi Olunloyo to their custody in order for her to explain her “false information” and be charged in court if she could not substantiate the comment.
“Although the students and staff of the college suspected of playing 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,” the petition reads.