Dr. Sunday Soyemi, a pathologist at the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital in Ikeja, said on Tuesday that a blackish substance was discovered in the intestine of Sylvester Oromoni (Junior), a 12-year-old student at Dowen College in Lekki, Lagos, who died in suspicious circumstances, according to The PUNCH.
Before the coroner inquest set up to determine the cause of the boy’s death, Soyemi stated this while being cross-examined by the family’s counsel, Femi Falana (SAN).
Following a social media post by his cousin, Perry Oromoni, alleging that some senior students at the college beat him up in his hostel because he refused to join a cult, news of Sylvester’s death went viral.
The school, on the other hand, refuted the accusation, claiming that the youngster had leg aches as a result of a football injury.
Following that, a coroner’s inquest was held to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death.
Soyemi stated the first autopsy on the deceased was bungled because the process was not done properly, while being lead in evidence by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Babajide Martins, on Tuesday.
Soyemi, who criticized the original autopsy report, pointed out that the first doctor failed to cut some organs that would have shown whether the person died from absorption of a dangerous drug.
The deceased, according to Soyemi, had a generalized infection that might have been treated with large doses of antibiotics, intravenous hydration, and blood transfusions.
During cross-examination by Falana, however, Soyemi informed the inquest that he did not analyze the black substance found in the deceased’s bowel because LASUTH did not have a laboratory to examine dangerous compounds.
He also confessed that the substance discovered in the intestine may have been anything because it was not analyzed.
Soyemi also resisted authorizing a televised interview with Dr. Iwikwe Isabella, a doctor representing Dowen College, who spoke about the autopsy findings.
He said, “That’s not the practice. I was embarrassed when the report was being discussed on TV. I was embarrassed in the sense that she didn’t perform the autopsy; she observed all through. It’s not the normal practice even if you have done the autopsy.”
Soyemi claimed that the deceased died of septicaemia, noting that his tests revealed lobar pneumonia, lung and liver infection, as well as an infection on the right ankle.
He added that if the deceased had been physically abused or beaten, bleeding would appear in all exposed locations.
Earlier, when Falana objected to a question the director of public prosecutions asked Soyemi, the presiding magistrate, Mikhail Kadiri, got into a furious dispute with him.
Falana observed that Kadiri was fond of claiming that the inquest was not a regular court that he could attend at his leisure.
However, the two eventually came to an amicable agreement.