- More details are emerging in the controversial death of Sylvester Oromoni, the 12-year-old Dowen College student allegedly murdered by fellow students
- Police authorities in Lagos say they have arrested four more students of the institution after getting a court order
- Interestingly, the students arrested and the ones previously brought in have been saying the same story according to police sources
Panti - The Lagos State Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Bureau, SCIIB, on Tuesday, December 7 invited four more students of Dowen College for questioning over their involvement in the death of Sylvester Oromoni, the 12-year-old student allegedly beaten to death by some senior students.
Vanguard newspaper reports that the police obtained a court order to detain the arrested suspects pending when investigations into the matter is concluded.
The suspects were taken to the command headquarters in Ikeja where they were interrogated by the commissioner of police, Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu after which, they were taken to Court 1, Yaba where the court order to detain them was granted.
With the court order, as the investigation is concluded, the suspects will be taken to the juvenile department for the next line of action.
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Police sources also disclosed that the seven suspects shockingly made similar statements denying their culpability in the offence.
A source quoted in the report said:
“It was as if they were all lectured to make the same statement over the unfortunate incident.
“This is because of the glaring similarity in their choice of words and denial which they stated in their statement. Infact, sources said that they were saying that the victim fell sick and the school authorities called the parents in Warri after which they sent one of their cousins to pick him in school.
“Then, the cousin was said to have taken Sylvester to Ibadan only to call the school authorities a few days later to claim that his condition was deteriorating and was taking him to Warri where the parents reside.
“This, sources stated, fuelled claims by the suspects in their statements to the police that the victim may have died of an unknown sickness.”
Ijaw women group reacts to Sylvester Oromoni's death
The group explained that Ijaw mothers would join hands with mothers all over Nigeria to march on the streets of Lagos and Abuja to seek answers over the killing and ensure justice is served.
The group also demanded that Dowen College be held accountable for failing to protect the deceased.
Emotional photos as Dowen College's parents forum holds candlelight procession for Sylvester Oromoni
Roommate confirms Sylvester Oromoni was tortured to death
In a related development, a dormitory mate of late Sylvester has confirmed that he was tortured to death by some senior students.
In a series of WhatsApp messages to one Tamara, the dormitory mate said six and not five seniors attacked late Sylvester.
The student whose identity was hidden said that both the principal of the school and their dorm master, one Mr. Ahmed, were aware of the attack on the late student.
Dowen College parent narrates how her son was bullied months ago
A parent has said that her son had faced a similar ordeal to that of the late Sylvester as a pupil of Dowen College.
The mother shared her experience during a zoom meeting organised by the Concerned Parents and Educators’ network – a group of about 200,000 parents and educators started by education branding specialist, Mrs. Yinka Ogunde on Saturday night, December 4.
The woman went on to say that girls in the school were lucky because the woman in charge, Madam Celine, was a disciplinarian.