The Lagos State Government has sealed off Dowen College over the tragic death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni.
In the wake of the outrage expressed over the death of one of their students, Sylvester Oromoni Jr., Dowen College has released a statement commiserating with the family of the deceased.
In the statement, the college revealed that they are assisting the authorities to get to the bottom of the incident that led to Sylvester’s death.
Read the statement below:
“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of one of our beloved students, Sylvester Oromoni Jr. He was dearly loved by his teachers; fellow students and he was a beacon of light for the school.
“The tragic unfortunate incident which transpired this past November, and Sylvester’s untimely death requires thorough and proper investigation. Dowen College is fully committed to this. We are assisting the authorities to get to the bottom of this heart-breaking incident. The first step taken by the school, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, has been the immediate closure of the school to aid the investigation.
“Understandably, at this time of intense grief and suffering, emotions are raw and tensions are high. We pray that God, who alone knows how to comfort the sorrowing, will comfort Sylvester’s family and all those who loved and knew him.
“We commiserate with the Oromoni family and the students of Dowen College who have lost a friend and fellow student. This is a traumatic experience. We assure our parents that the school is taking steps to ensure the safety and security of their children and wards. This is paramount. Every child is valued at Dowen College and their health and well-being is of utmost priority to the school.”
Meanwhile Nigerians left flowers, balloons, cards, and teddies in front of Dowen College gate on what would have been Sylvester Oromoni’s 12th birthday.
The junior student died in a hospital in Warri after he was allegedly beaten by senior boys in school.