Following pressure by the public and the Lagos state government, the Dowen College has revealed the identity of students who brutalized Sylvester Oromoni Jnr to death upon his refusal to accept a cult initiation in the school.
It would be recalled that the 12years Oromoni Jnr was a JSS 2 student of Dowen College in Lagos and was brutalized by fellow students who want him to be member of their cult.
It was learnt that he died on Tuesday 30th November, 2021 as results of internal bleeding from injures he sustained during the bullying.
The names released were
1) Michael Kashamu (son of late Senator Buruji Kashamu)
2) Anslem Temile
3) Favour Benjamin
4) Edward Brown
5) Agboro Emmanuel.
The family of the deceased victim had earlier accused the school for conspiring with the families of the accused students of attempt to fly them out of the country to avoid a slam on the school.
However, this is one incident that had received overwhelming public condemnation in the recent times.
The parents who marked the victim’s 12years posthumous birthday, insisted that justice must prevailed over the death of their son.
Meanwhile, the commissioner for education Lagos state had ordered the immediate shut down of the school pending completion of investigation.
In a statement by Friday, Ganiu Lawal, Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Ministry of Education stated that the Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo had directed for the closure of the school after a meeting with the School Management and Staff on the development.
The statement added: “The Lagos State Government sends its condolences to the Parents of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni Jnr., a student of Dowen College, Lekki.
“The Commissioner for Education, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, notes that this incident is shocking and the State is indeed sad about this great loss.
“A delegation comprising top-level management of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies and the Police, has visited the school on a fact-finding mission.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that Sylvester Oromoni Junior was indeed enrolled as a student of Dowen College in its boarding facility and had been treated by the school’s medical personnel before the school requested that the parents take him away for further care.
“The State Government is in touch with the parents in this difficult time.
“We reassure the family of the late Sylvester Oromoni Junior and Lagosians at large that efforts are being made to unravel the circumstances leading to his demise, even as we reiterate the Government’s commitment to Child Protection,” the commissioner appealed.