The Lagos State Ministry of Education has ordered the closure of Dowen College Lekki Phase 1 indefinitely to enable the completion of investigations into the death of one of its students, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, who died on Tuesday under apparently suspicious circumstances.
Hear what the father of the dead Dowen College Student says- video
The closure comes as a result of a visit to the school by the Education Commissioner, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, and other top officials from the Lagos State Ministry of Education, who were present on Friday.
How The Dead Of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, A Dowen College Student Led To The Closure Of The College
According to the Nation, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr’ s family claimed that he died as a result of injuries he sustained while being beaten by fellow students who were pressuring him to join a cult.
The school, on the other hand, claimed that he was hurt while playing football.
An official statement issued by Mr. Ganiu Lawal, Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Education, reads as follows: ” A student of Dowen College, Lekki, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr died last year, and the Lagos State Government has ordered the school to be closed indefinitely pending the outcome of an investigation into his death” .
A meeting with the School Management and Staff was held after which the closure was announced by the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo.
The Commissioner appealed for calm, stating that no effort will be spared in determining the cause of the tragedy.
the Commissioner expressed his condolences to Sylvester and his family in a previous statement.
The Lagos State Government expresses its condolences to the parents of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr. , a 12- year- old student of Dowen College, Lekki, who died in a car accident on Saturday according to the commissioner.
This tragedy, according to the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, has been described as shocking, and the state is deeply saddened by this huge loss.
As the parents go through this terrible time, the state government is in touch with them.
” We reassure the family of the late Sylvester Oromoni Junior and the general public of Lagos that efforts are being taken to determine the circumstances that led to his death, while also reiterating the government’ s commitment to child protection” , the statement read.
Reactions Following The Death Of The Dowen College Student, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr
It has been a whirlwind of reactions following the mysterious death of Sylvester Oromoni, a 12- year- old student at Dowen College Lagos. The reactions have been dominated by sympathizers, family members, and social media users.
Junior, as he was affectionately known, was the youngest of the three children and would have turned 13 on December 4, according to the
to the Punch.
When The Nation got the now- viral footage, he was seen excruciatingly in pain with bloodstains on his teeth.
In a social media rant, Junior’ s nephew, Perry Oromoni @Perrisonoromoni, claimed that Sylvester Oromoni Jnr was murdered because he refused to be part of a ” cult group” dominated by older lads at his high school.
Dowen College, on the other hand, responded by denying that he had been tortured to death because he refused to join a cult group.
In it, it was revealed that on November 21, one of the school’ s hostel administrators notified the administration that Junior had been hurt while participating in a football game with his classmates.
After receiving first aid from a resident nurse and returning to his hostel after expressing relief, the school stated that Junior began complaining of hip pain the following day and was once again seen by the school’ s resident doctor in the sickbay. Junior was discharged the following day.
In a subsequent phone call, the school started, the doctor informed the student’ s mother of the issue and also requested that she pick him up for further medical attention.
According to the school, after an initial delay, the student’ s mother eventually dispatched a guardian to pick him up and take him to the hospital for an x- ray, which was later completed.
” The preliminary inquiry revealed that there was no fighting, bullying, or any other sort of attack on the youngster, ” the report stated.
His sister, who is also a student, as well as other students, prefects, house parents, medical professionals, and members of the management team, were not informed of his actions.
The school has two regular nurses as well as a competent medical doctor on staff who are available to respond quickly to students’ medical needs.
Following initial treatment by the school’ s medical personnel, the resident doctor followed the established procedure by inviting his mother to accompany him home for additional care, according to the school’ s principal, Mrs. Adebisi Layiwola, who announced in a statement.
HURIWA Alleged That Sylvester Oromoni Jnr Was Killed For Refusing To Join Cult
Sylvester Oromoni Junior died after being beaten to death by his classmates, according to the Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA).
Premiere Academy Lugbe Abuja, where a 14- year- old female student was ràped to death,
was found in similar circumstances, according to a statement made available to DAILY POST on Friday. The rights group called on the Federal Capital Territory Administration to take such proactive steps by closing down the school.
The rights group also called on the Federal Attorney General, the Minister of Education, as well as the Attorney General, and the Education Commission of Lagos State, to work together to conduct a transparent inquiry into the mysterious death of the 12- year- old student in question.
HURIWA’ s Statement Read In Full;
We call on the Honourable Attorney General of the Federation, the Ministers of Education, as well as the Attorney General of Lagos State, and the Commissioner for Education to intervene in the alleged gruesome murder of 12- year- old Sylvester Oromoni Junior by suspected student cultists at Dowen College, who died following an alleged encounter with some of his Co- students.
To accomplish this, the federal and state governments must activate transparent, open, and trustworthy systems to investigate the remote, immediate circumstantial, and factual causes for the death of an innocent student.
Governments must take this step to reassure citizens and the rest of the world that schoolchildren’ s Human Rights are protected and that they are protected from unwanted bullying, torture, physical assaults, ràpe, and murder by either their fellow students or school administration.
The silence of the Federal Government’ s important personnel aforementioned is sending a signal to the rest of the world that students are subjected to physical assault and that the federal government has failed in its responsibility to care for and safeguard children. The statement ended.
Video about the Dowen College Student’ s dead
However, the rights group expressed satisfaction that the Lagos State Government had acted promptly to investigate the matter, and cautioned that the government should not ” sacrifice the victim on the altar of political patronage” because the Parents of the suspected killers named by the victim are said to be wealthy, and those kids were reportedly taken to a foreign jurisdiction soon after their victim of persistent bullying and torture had died.
In a statement, the Human Rights Organization said that the killing of the Dowen Student, which occurred only a few months after another 14- year- old female student was sèxually violated and murdered, as well as the ongoing kidnappings of students by terrorist groups without the Federal government ever bringing the perpetrators to justice, demonstrated a systemic failure on the part of the central government to carry out the most fundamental duty of government, which is the protection of lives and property.