Dowen College: House of Reps Ask IGP to Take Over Sylvester Oromoni’s Case

Dowen College: House of Reps Ask IGP to Take Over Sylvester Oromoni’s Case

  • The House of Representatives has waded into the controversial issue of Sylvester Oromoni's death in Dowen College, Lagos
  • The House has mandated the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, to take over the case immediately
  • The matter was brought to the attention of the House by Unyime Idem, a member representing Oruk Anam/Ukanafun federal constituency in Akwa Ibom

National Assembly - The House of Representatives has called on the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Usman Baba, to take over the case of alleged torture and eventual death of a Junior Secondary School 2 pupil of Dowen College, Lekki, in Lagos state, Sylvester Oromoni.

The Punch newspaper reports that at the plenary on Tuesday, December 7, a member of the House, Unyime Idem, moved a motion of urgent public importance on the trending issue.

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Adopting the motion, the lawmakers condemned the recent incidences of inhuman treatment and abuses happening in the boarding schools across the country.

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On her part, former governorship candidate in Kogi state, Natasha Akpoti, called for criminal charges to be pressed against Dowen College and those identified as collaborators.

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Writing on her official Facebook page, Akpoti who is also a lawyer, called for the expansion of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission activities to oversee activities of private schools, especially boarding facilities.

Police operatives take over precincts of Dowen College, Lagos

Meanwhile, the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) of Lagos state police command on Monday, December 6 explained why its patrol vehicles are stationed at Dowen College.

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The operatives said the move 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.

Dowen College Parents' Forum react to Sylvester Oromoni's death

On their part, the Dowen College Parents’ Forum has reacted to an online campaign asking parents to withdraw their children from the school following the death of Sylvester.

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.


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