Oromoni’s Inquest: Pathologist Says LASUTH Has No Facility To Test Poison
A Pathologist with the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital, LASUTH, Dr Sunday Soyemi, has told the Coroner Inquest set up to unravel the circumstances leading to the death of a student of Dowen College Sylvester Oromoni Junior, that a black substance was discovered in the intestine of the deceased.
He revealed this under cross-examination by Oromoni’s counsel, Femi Falana, SAN.
During his evidence, Dr Soyemi said that the deceased died of Septicemia, which means blood poisoning, especially caused by bacteria or toxins.
Meanwhile, the first autopsy in Delta State revealed that the twelve-year-old died from “acute lung injury due to chemical intoxication.”
Dr Soyemi, who said the black substance could be anything, noted that he didn’t carry out a test to affirm what the black substance was, as LASUTH doesn’t have a toxicology laboratory.
The deceased’s father had alleged that some senior students beat his child and force-fed him a liquid that killed him.
But the school denied the claim, alleging that he sustained injuries while playing football with his mates.
Dr Sunday Soyemi said that he needed to take the blood, the fluid, the vitreous and the gastric content in conducting the toxicology, but all these were not available at the second autopsy.
Subsequently, the Coroner, Mikhail Kadiri, adjourned a further hearing till February 14.