Lagos orders indefinite shutdown of Dowen College over death of student

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The Lagos State Government has ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College, located in the Lekki area of Lagos, pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of Master Sylvester Oromoni (Jnr), a student of the school.

This is as the state government has commiserated with the parents of the 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Lekki, who died recently.

The announcement was made by the Lagos State Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, after a meeting with the School’s Management and Staff on Friday, December 3, 2021.

The statement also said that Mrs. Adefisayo, called for calm among the stakeholders, stressing that no effort will be spared in getting to the root of the incident.

Recall that the death of the 12-year-old student of the college, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr., had elicited various reactions from celebrities and many Nigerians as they demanded justice for the deceased.

Media reports had emerged that the relative said Sylvester was assaulted by some cult groups, who he had mentioned their names before his death.

A report from Channels Television said that Sylvester, who was bullied and beaten by fellow students was said to have died from injuries sustained from the beating, according to a Twitter user with the handle @perrisonoromoni, who claimed to be the boy’s cousin.

However, Dowen College, in a press statement that went viral on Wednesday, denied all allegations stating that Oromoni was neither bullied nor beaten but only complained of hip pain after playing football.

The child’s father, who bears the same name as the student, stated that contrary to what Dowen College had said in the statement, the family friend who they sent to pick up Oromoni Jnr. from the school described a totally different situation.

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.”

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