Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos state commissioner of police, has cautioned members of the Ijaw Youth Council and other unhappy Nigerians not to protest the outcome of the inquiry into the death of Dowen college student Sylvester Oromoni.
Remember that the IYC organized a demonstration in front of Dowen College on Thursday, January 6? They dismissed the report of the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecutions, which cleared all five pupils and three housemasters arrested in Sylvester’s death. If Dowen College is opened without “justice being served” to the Oromoni family, the peaceful demonstrators have threatened to occupy it.
At a press conference on Friday, the state Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, responded to the protests by saying that the protesting youths and any other Nigerian upset with the investigation’s outcome should seek restitution in court rather than turning to self-help. He emphasized that the police will not lay down their arms and accept any act or omission that could jeopardize the state’s peace.
In spite of the transparent investigation carried out by the police and the non-establishment of prima facie case against the suspects, some members of the Ijaw Youths Council, Lagos led by one Comrade Henry Oyobolo protested in front of Bowen College for over two hours yesterday 6th January, 2022.
The protesters including masquerades carried placards and were drumming, thereby causing panic and apprehension. The protesters who conducted themselves in a manner capable of causing breach of peace also caused temporary traffic jam. But for the professional way the police managed the protest, it would have led to violence.
Much as we commiserate with the bereaved family on the death of their lovely and promising child, it is advised that the protesters and other individuals or groups who are still aggrieved should go to law court to seek redress instead of taking the law into their own hands.
Thus member of the public who may have any misgivings about the outcome of the police investigation, medical enquiry and legal advice with this case are advised to follow due process in law rather than resorting to self help. The police will not fold their arms and allow any act or omission that could threaten the peace being enjoyed in the state.”he said