A coroner sitting in Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Monday barred journalists and other interested parties from covering and witnessing an inquest involving Sylvester Oromoni Jnr.
The case aims to unravel the circumstances that led to the death of the 12-year old student of Dowen College, Lagos.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that some family members, sympathisers and friends already seated in court were sent out by the court Registrar.
The Registrar said the hearing was mainly for lawyers, urging journalists and other interested parties to leave the courtroom.
It was learnt that the decision was taken because one of the students of Dowen College, accused of beating the deceased, was in court to testify.
At the time of filing this report, some of the deceased family members were still locked out, except the father of the deceased, Sylvester Oromoni (Snr).
Oromoni’s family had alleged that the student died on November 30, 2021 from injuries sustained in an attack by five senior students of the college.
The family also alleged that the deceased was attacked for his refusal to join a cult and was forced to drink a substance by his attackers.
Advice by the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions released on January 4, 2022, however, disputed the allegations.
It stated that an autopsy revealed the cause of the student’s death as acute bacterial pneumonia due to severe sepsis.