There are indications that the Lagos state government will be probing Dowen College over the death of a 12-year-old student, Sylvester Oromoni.
A cousin of the victim had alleged that he died from injury sustained during a beating by other students who “tried to put him in cult, he refused and they killed him. Secondary school o”.
“He mentioned 5 names before passing yesterday broken heart”.
Reacting, the Lagos state government through the spokesman of the Ministry of Education, Ganiu Lawal, said; “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.
“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.”
Meanwhile, a source quoted by Vanguard said; “The state government is aware of the matter and all the issue so far raised. We have also seen the various videos being circulated.
“The government will soon come out with its position on the matter. All students in Lagos, whether in private and public schools, are our own and we must take care of their interests.
“As at now some preliminary steps have been taken on the matter and the authorities of the affected school are cooperating by giving the necessary information.
“It is only the parents of the boy who can confirm some of the things that have gone online like the video of when the boy was being treated”.
“Whatever it is, be rest assured that the matter is going to be thoroughly investigated,” the source said.
However, the school has announced a temporary shutdown as it informed students to stay home Friday and Monday. In a memo sent to parents, the school said; “Dear Parents, in view of the current situation concerning the school and considering the emotions of our students, we have advised that our students stay home tomorrow (today) Friday 3rd and Monday 6th.
“This will also afford the students opportunity to revise for their forthcoming examinations starting next week.
“Thank you for your understanding.”