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.
The father of Sylvester Oromoni Jr. has narrated how his son was beaten and fed chemicals by students of the school.
In an initial report announcing Sylvester’s death, a Twitter user, who claimed to be a cousin of the deceased, had taken to the platform to call out the school and demand justice for the death of his cousin.
He claimed that after the boy was beaten to a pulp by the cult boys who he identified before he died.
The school however came out to counter the initial report by stating that the little boy died due to injuries sustained on the football pitch.
The school denied any existence of a cult group and insisted that Sylvester Junior injured his hip while playing football and, after initially administering first aid, his family was called to pick him.
Sylvester‘s father has now countered those claims, revealing that the young lad was beaten and brutalised by students of the school.
Sylvester’s father disclosed that his son was repeatedly bullied by the accused students.
“My son suffered. The boys they mentioned were also reported to the school last term when they bullied Junior and collected all his foodstuffs; clothes. I have two daughters, one of whom earlier graduated. I had to remove the second after this incident. They asked this boy to describe the sister’s privates and this got to us.” Mr. Oromoni said.
The grieving father revealed that Junior told his mum that he didn’t play football, neither did he fall. Thus, countering the school’s claim that he got injured while playing football.
Speaking further, Mr. Oromoni said, “They kicked him, matched his waist. Other students ran off. They threatened to kill them all if they spoke a word to the school staff. They warned Junior to say he sustained injuries while playing ball. They threatened him. If you ask the roommate, they will ZAall lie. They matched his ribs and waist. All that pain for a 12-year-old,” he said.
He said Sylvester suffered liver enlargement due to congealed blood. It was also claimed that Junior was fed with a chemical-like liquid substance for refusing to join the cult.
“The parents of the boys are wealthy. They withdrew them. Some of the parents are planning to fly the children out of the country. The boys are five in number: four are in SS2 while one is in SS1,” Sylvester’s father added.
Meanwhile, The Commissioner of Police , CP Hakeem Odumosu has ordered immediate investigation into the incident even though it was not officially reported to the police.