A Chief Magistrates’ court in Yaba, Lagos has granted bail to five students of Dowen College charged with the alleged murder of their 12-year-old colleague, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, on Tuesday.
The students were admitted to bail in the sum of N1 million each. The suspects had been charged with conspiracy and homicide by the police.
Chief magistrate Olatunbosun Adeola, after hearing the bail application filed by the counsel for the defendants, ordered the defendants to produce two sureties each in like sum.
Adeola said that one of the sureties provided by each of the defendants must be their parent, and must swear an affidavit of compliance.
She further held that the passports of all the defendants must be submitted to the court.
The judge also held that their residence must be verified by the prosecutor and they must stay within 2km of their residence at all times.
Miss Ifeoma Eson, Mr A.E. Amah, Mr Godwin Omoaka (SAN), Mr Eze Ajibo were among the defence counsel, NAN reports.
The defendants were on December 9 remanded in a juvenile home over the death of Sylvester, who was allegedly bullied in school for refusing to join a cult.
He later died from injuries sustained from the alleged attack and ingestion of an unknown substance.
The police last week released the corpse of Sylvester to his family for burial.
This was after an autopsy was conducted to ascertain the cause of his death.
This was made known last Friday by the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer, Adekunle Ajisebutu.
The report of the autopsy was, however, yet to be out as of the time of filing this report.
The Lagos PPRO said, “Sylvester Oromoni: autopsy done. (The) result is being awaited. Corpse (was) released to (the) family for burial. Investigation ongoing.”