Lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) petitioned the deputy commissioner of the Lagos police command to invite blogger Kemi Olunloyo because she posted a comment regarding the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni.
This petition follows Kemi Olunloyo’s controversial comment surrounding Sylvester’s death where she claimed that he drank engine oil as part of the cult initiation process, adding that Oromoni was not bullied.
Falana, in the petition signed by Taiwo Olawanle, a lawyer in Falana & Falana Chambers firm, called for an investigation into the comment made by Olunloyo.
The human rights lawyer said Olunloyo’s comment has exacerbated the pains of the deceased’s parents and family.
Falana asked the police to invite Olunloyo to explain her “false information” and be charged to court if she cannot substantiate the comment.
The petition reads, “Although the students and staff of the college suspected to have played a role in the brutal murder of Sylvester Oromoni have made useful statements to the police, one Ms Kemi Olunloyo has just introduced another twist to the incident.
“According to a false statement credited to her, Ms Olunloyo claimed that Sylvester Oromoni wanted to join the cult, he agreed to be beaten and drank engine oil as part of the initiation process.
“Ms Olunloyo recorded her false statement and has been circulating the same on social media in a wicked manner with the sole purpose of diverting attention from the ongoing investigation by the police.
“Apart from attempting to destroy the name of Sylvester Oromoni, Ms Olunloyo has exacerbated the tragedy of his parents, family members and friends without any justification whatsoever.
“Even though the reckless statement is a figment of the imagination of Ms Olunloyo, we are of the strong view that she ought to assist the police in the ongoing investigation into the cause of the death of Sylvester Oromoni.
“We are therefore compelled to request the police to investigate the allegation of false information being circulated by Ms Olunloyo on the gruesome circumstances surrounding the death of Sylvester Oromoni.
“If she cannot substantiate her reckless allegation, Ms Olunloyo ought to be charged with false information in the Magistrate Court in Lagos State.