The governor of Delta state, Ifeanyi Okowa, has reacted to the report of the death of a 12-year-old Dowen College student, Sylvester Oromoni Jr., on Saturday.
The governor in a statement posted on his verified Facebook page said; “Last night, I spoke to Mr Sylvester Oromoni, the father of late Sylvester Oromoni Jr., the Dowen College student who unfortunately died under very controversial and unclear circumstances.
“During the call, I expressed my agreement with the decision of the Lagos State government to launch an investigation into the death of Sylvester, a native of Warri South LGA in Delta State.
“As a government that places priority on the lives of our citizens within and outside the state, we are determined to pursue this case to the end.
“The matter must be investigated, perpetrators apprehended, punished, and made an example of, to serve as a very strong deterrence against future occurrences.
“As we continue to watch this case closely, we extend our prayers and support to the Oromoni family.
“As they mourn the loss of their young son, I pray that Almighty God gives them the strength that they need at this difficult time. Amen”.
NewsWireNGR reported that a Twitter user, @perrisonoromoni, who claimed to be the cousin of the student claimed he died from injuries he allegedly sustained from a beating by his fellow students who were trying to initiate him into “cult, he refused and they killed him. Secondary school o”.
“He mentioned 5 names before passing yesterday broken heart”.
Meanwhile, the Lagos state government has ordered the indefinite closure of the school.
Disclosing the development, the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, of the Lagos State Ministry of Education in a statement said; “The Lagos State Government has ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki, pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a student of the school.
Commissioner for Education Mrs Folasade Adefisayo announced the closure after a meeting with the School Management and Staff.
“The Commissioner called for calm, saying no effort will be spared in getting to the root of the incident.”