The Lagos State Government has ordered Dowen College in the Lekki district of Lagos to close indefinitely pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of a student, Master Sylvester Oromoni (Jnr).
This comes as the state government expressed condolences to the parents of a 12-year-old Dowen College, Lekki, pupil who died lately.
Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, made the news on Friday, December 3, 2021, following a meeting with the school’s management and staff.
Mrs. Adefisayo also urged for calm among the stakeholders, adding that no effort will be spared in determining the cause of the tragedy, according to the statement.
Recall that the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr., a 12-year-old college student, generated a mix of responses from celebrities and other Nigerians, who wanted justice for the deceased.
According to media sources, the relative said that Sylvester was assaulted by cult groups, and that he had given their identities before his death.
According to a Twitter user with the handle @perrisonoromoni, who claimed to be the boy’s cousin, Sylvester, who was tormented and assaulted by fellow pupils, died from injuries sustained from the beating, according to a Channels Television report.
Dowen College, on the other hand, refuted the charges in a press release that went viral on Wednesday, claiming that Oromoni was not tormented or abused and simply complained of hip pain after playing football.
Contrary to what Dowen College mentioned in the statement, the family friend who was asked to pick up Oromoni Jnr. from school recounted a very different circumstance.
The bereaved father stated that his son was bullied and beaten to stupor as he said, “The next day, we sent a family friend to help pick up our son since he was the only person in Lagos and take him to the hospital. When he got there, he panicked, pointing out that he doubts it’s a football injury as the school claimed.”