- A police vehicle and some officers have been stationed in front of Dowen College since a student of the school died in controversial circustances
- Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year old Junior Secondary School student of the institution was said to have died of complications arising from torture by some senior students
- A senior police officer said the presence of the operatives was to forestall any breakdown of law and order in the area
Lagos - The Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos state police command on Monday, December 6 explained why its patrol vehicles are stationed at Dowen College, Lekki area of Lagos.
The operatives said this was in compliance with the directives of the state commissioner of police, Hakeem Odumosu.
According to RRS commander, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, the operatives will station their patrol vehicles at the entrance of the school to monitor activities around the area until further notice.
Emotional photos as Dowen College's parents forum holds candlelight procession for Sylvester Oromoni
This follows the sealing up of the school by the officials of the Lagos state ministry of education.
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Egbeyemi who conveyed the directive of the commissioner of police to the squad advised them to be professional in the discharge of their duties.
A senior police officer who did not want to be quoted, however, told Vanguard newspaper that the step was to forestall breaking down of law and order in the area.
Dowen College Parents' Forum react to Sylvester Oromoni's death
Meanwhile, the Dowen College Parents’ Forum has reacted to an online campaign asking parents to withdraw their children from the school following the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni, who was allegedly bullied and killed by some senior students.
On Tuesday, December 7, one of the executive members of the forum, Aituaz Kola-Oladejo, said parents withdrawing their children from the school would not solve any problem.
Kola-Oladejo said the moment should be seen as an opportunity to totally reform secondary education in Nigeria, generally.
Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu mourns Sylvester Oromoni, Jnr
In a related development, the First Lady of Lagos state, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu on Monday, December 6 commiserated with the parents of Sylvester, describing the circumstances surrounding his death 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 further described the incident as unfortunate, saying never again should it reoccur in the state.