Dowen College releases yet another statement, amid the investigation of a slain student, Sylvester Oromoni, who was bullied on the school premises.
This comes after the Lagos State government sealed up the educational institution until the conclusion of investigations on the death of the student.
According to the school in a fresh statement, the boy suffered football injuries while affirming the claim of being bullied by five students afterward.
The statement reads in full below …
“Good day everyone.
On behalf of the entire staff of Dowen College Lagos, we the management staff of the school wish to publicly commiserate with the family of our late beloved student, Slyvester Oromoni.
We are all deeply saddened by his passing. He was an energetic, fun loving and promising child and he will be sorely missed. We pray that the Almighty God will grant his soul eternal rest and his family the fortitude to bear with this irreplaceable loss.
This unprecedented situation we find ourselves calls for restraint and understanding. A family has lost their dear son. The school has lost a precious student.
We are distressed that a child sustained a leg injury and passed on a week later. We are as shocked as the rest of the world to see our lovely boy look so ill and in so much pain from the videos posted.
It is true that though he went home on the 23rd of November, his family did call on the 29th to inform us that he said he was actually bullied by 5 senior students whose names he mentioned.
We confirm that we immediately started internal investigations on the 30th but he passed on that same day. Sadly we had barely made any head way before the social rnedia frenzy commenced. We choose not to be side tracked but remain focused in our task to get to the bottom of the allegations made. We are cooperating with all relevant authorities and all the accused students have presented themselves to the authorities. Justice will be done.
We understand the sentiments of the public but appeal for restraint as many lives including the lives of our students are affected.
All lives matter.
We are a school grounded in faith and discipline. We appreciate all those who have trusted and supported us and pray this trust will be revalidated.
Justice will be done and will be seen to be done.
God bless and keep the Oromoni family. God bless and keep Dowen College Lagos.
Signed: Board and Management Cowen College, Lagos, Nigeria.”
Dowen College: 5 arrested students remanded in juvenile home
FIVE students of Dowen College in Lekki, Lagos, who were arrested by the Police in connection to the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni, have been remanded in a juvenile home.
Oromoni Jnr. died of complications, last week, as a result of injuries sustained from an attack by a group of five senior colleagues for allegedly refusing to join a cult group in the school.
Vanguard gathered that the students were remanded, following an order obtained from the Yaba Magistrates court by the police.
The spokesperson of Lagos State Police Command, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the development but stated that investigation into the matter is still ongoing.
Ajisebutu said: “They have not been arraigned yet. They were only remanded in a juvenile home pending the conclusion of investigation into the matter.”
Those involved won’t be spared— Buhari
This came as President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, insisted that those involved in the dastardly act must not go unpunished.
President Buhari, who described Sylvester as one of the nation’s bright youngsters doing excellently in school, bringing joy to the family, assured that the unfortunate incident would act as a trigger leading to a permanent solution to cultism and bullying in schools.
He, however, urged the Police to continue the ongoing investigation until they get to the root of the matter in order for the law to take its course, assuring that justice will be done, no matter who is involved.
The President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said: “For several days now, the nation has been gripped by the news of the tragic incident at Dowen College, in Lagos with morbid details constantly emerging of how our young son, Sylvester Oromoni (Junior) met his death.
“President Muhammadu Buhari condemns the killing of Sylvester, one of our bright youngsters doing excellently in school, bringing joy to the family and if this incident is truly arising from bullying or cultism, the President assures that it must act as a trigger leading to a permanent solution to this recurring problem.
“I share the anger and grief up and down the country following this incident. On behalf of my family and I, and the government of the federation, I convey our heartfelt condolences to the Oromoni family, the government and people of Lagos State and give the firm assurance that this incident will be thoroughly investigated and the appropriate punishment meted out to all those who are culpable.”
Sylvester’s death’ll help correct other errors—Dowen Collegeparents
Meanwhile, parents of students at Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, yesterday, prayed that God should use the unfortunate death of Sylvester Oromoni to correct other errors that might have been committed that led to his death or that could be committed by any stakeholder in the school in the future.
They said that as they insinuated that some errors probably led to the death of the 12-year-old boy.
They listed the stakeholders to include the owners of the school, the management, teachers, students, parents and the authorities in charge of education.
They stated this, yesterday, during a candlelight procession in honour of the deceased.
During a prayer session held by the parents in front of the school gate before the procession started, they prayed that the soul of the deceased finds repose in the Lord.
The parents after marching solemnly with their candles into adjoining street later prayed for the family of the deceased.
Speaking briefly after the session, Oluwaseun Bolanle, said the parents of other students in the school were traumatised by the incident.
Bolanle said: “As I am here, I am struggling to control my emotions. It could happen to anybody’s child and we do not pray for a repeat of this anywhere in the country and even in the world. As a parent, one knows how much has been invested in many ways in these young ones.”
Group protests, demands de-registration of school
Meanwhile, a group of Concerned Citizens, yesterday, protested at the gate of Dowen College.
The group also called on the Lagos State Government to withdraw the registration of the school without further delay.
A spokesperson for the group, a woman, who was not identified, also decried the attitude of the state government and its officials to some issues, especially the safety of students in public and private schools.
They also called for the arrest of the owners of the school, the management team, security guards, housekeepers and others, who allowed some indicted students to leave the premises without being handed over to the appropriate authorities for investigation.
Provided by BONA NAIJA