School management

BREAKDOWN: Parents at Dowen College demand change of school leadership, hostel teachers, hold candles for the late Sylvester

The Dowen College Parents’ Forum in Lagos State has demanded an overhaul of school management and home teachers as well as the installation of CCTV cameras in the school as Sylvester’s death 12-year-old Oromoni continues to gain ground. nationwide recognition.

The parents’ forum, which condemned the student’s death, said a candlelight procession would be held for him on Wednesday.

In a statement obtained Tuesday by SaharaReporters and signed by Aituaz Kola-Oladejo, Waheed Adeoye, Oluwaseun Bolanle Ajila and Kingsley Kema Agu, the parents said that what happened to Sylvester “could have happened to any other child in the world. ‘school “.

The forum said: “The parents of Dowen College are surprised and deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident which led to the death of Sylvester Oromoni. Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased and pray that God will give them the strength to endure the irreparable loss.

“As parents of Dowen students, we are still in shock and have been unable to come to terms with this incident and the stories provided so far by the school, students and the media.

“We urge the school leadership team and other stakeholders (pupils and parents directly or indirectly mentioned) to fully cooperate with the authority in the ongoing investigation. While we would have loved to bring Sylvester back if it was humanly possible, unraveling the cause of Sylvester’s death and getting anyone who was responsible or could have contributed in any way to book, will not only put this unfortunate incident to an end. for the family, but it will also act as a deterrent for others in all schools in Nigeria.

“So we say that justice for Sylvestre is justice for all. On our side, as parents, we will work more closely with the school (management / board) to ensure that the necessary measures are put in place to prevent this unfortunate incident from happening again and to eradicate bullying in all cases. its forms at school.

“We therefore urge a resolution that will bring some relief to the bereaved family, other parents, Dowen College students and the public.

“These should include a change in the management of the school and the teachers at the hostel, the installation of CCTV cameras in all strategic locations and the overhaul of the school’s security system.

“The Parents’ Forum is organizing a candlelight event. Details of which are as follows: Wednesday December 8, 6 pm; Dowen College. Lighting the candles is to pay homage to a “past” life and keeping the light on means that the memory still lives and shines brightly.

SaharaReporters reported earlier today that Lagos State Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu revealed that three college students are currently under investigation into Sylvester’s death.

Although Odumosu did not give the identity of those detained, he insisted that they were the main suspects.

SaharaReporters also reported that the Oromoni family hired the law firm and human rights activist Femi Falana, SAN, to pursue the case against the institution for the death of their son.

The human rights law firm had written to the Lagos State Chief Coroner’s Office, requesting an investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of its client’s child.

The letter was dated December 6, 2021, signed by Taiwo Olawale and addressed to the Chief Coroner of the Lagos State High Court.

Sylvester’s story, 12, went viral last week after a family member took to social media to seek justice.

In a series of tweets, the family member, with the handle @Perrisonoromoni, said Sylvester was assaulted by senior students at Dowen College.

He added that Sylvester died after suffering multiple internal injuries from torture and bullying.

Additionally, in a video posted online by the family member, Oromoni Jr was seen writhing in pain. His teeth were stained dark red with blood. Her legs were swollen and her stomach was swollen.

The management of Dowen College in a statement claimed that Sylvester was injured while playing football. In another statement, they assured that they would cooperate with the authorities to investigate the incident.

The Lagos State government, through its Ministry of Education, carried out an investigative visit to the college and announced on Friday that the school would be closed indefinitely.