- More reactions continue to trail the alleged brutal murder of Sylvester Oromoni, a student of Dowen College, Lagos
- The First Lady of Lagos state, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu has spoken publicly on the issue for the first time
- Dr. Sanwo-Olu said the incident is a big slap on the education sector in Lagos state, describing the death of the 12-year old boy as heartbreaking
Lagos - The First Lady of Lagos state, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu on Monday, December 6 commiserated with the parents of the 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Lekki in Lagos, Sylvester Oromoni who died last week, describing it as heartbreaking.
A distraught Dr. Sanwo-Olu said the incident was a big slap on the face of the education sector, the community, and Lagos state as a whole.
She expressed her heartfelt condolence to the family of the deceased during an advocacy visit to some schools in furtherance of the ongoing 16 Days of activism against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV).
She further described the incident as unfortunate, saying never again should it reoccur in the state.
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The Daily Sun newspaper quoted her as saying:
“I am aware that the Lagos state government is at the moment investigating the incident and honestly it is something we are not very happy about. It’s a big slap on the face of the education sector, the community, and Lagos state as a whole.
“It is a case that is being investigated and for the parents and everybody involved, honestly, we commiserate with them and send our condolences.
“As I said, the case is being investigated and I will not be able to say much on it at the moment.”
Sylvester Oromoni: Family hires Femi Falana against Dowen College
Meanwhile, the family of the late 12-year-old Dowen College student, Sylvester, has hired the popular human rights lawyer and activist, Femi Falana, to prosecute the case against the institution over the unfortunate death of their son.
To kick start the case, Falana has written to the office of Lagos state’s chief coroner, requesting an inquest into the circumstances leading to the death of Sylvester.
The letter, which was dated Monday, December 6, and signed by Taiwo Olawale, was addressed to the chief coroner in the high court of Lagos state.
Nigerians demand investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni
Last weekend, over 100,000 Nigerians signed two petitions on the Change.org platform, demanding the swift prosecution of the senior students who allegedly caused the death of 12-year-old Sylvester.
The first petition was started by a family member of the deceased, Timi Oromoni, titled, ‘Justice For Sylvester Oromoni Jnr.’
The second petition was started by The Irede Foundation with the title, ‘We Want Justice For Sylvester.’