- Former vice president Atiku Abubakar has reacted to the controversial death of Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old student of Dowen College in Lagos
- The Adamawa-born politician said it will be government and parental failure if it the death is not thoroughly investigated
- Meanwhile, the Lagos state government has ordered indefinite closure of the school pending the conclusion of investigations regarding the tragic incident
Nigeria's former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, says the government shall fail in its duties if it doesn’t get to the bottom of the death of a 12-year-old student of Dowen College in Lagos, Sylvester Oromoni.
In a Facebook post sighted by Legit.ng on Friday, December 3, Atiku spoke on the child’s death, which had sparked a lot of agitations from Nigerians.
“We shall be failing in our duties as parents/ guardians, administrators, security agencies and government if we do not get to the bottom of the case of late Sylvester Oromoni. It is beholden upon us to enthrone a safe environment in our schools. #JusticeforSylvester.”
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There were reports that Oromoni was bullied and beaten by fellow students. The supposed injuries from the beating were said to have led to his death, according to The Punch.
In another account, Sylvester's family allegedly said his death was due to injuries he got from being beaten by his schoolmates who were forcing him to join a cult.
However, in a statement on Wednesday, December 1, the school denied all allegations stating that Oromoni was neither bullied nor beaten but only complained of hip pain after playing football.
Emotional photos as Dowen College's parents forum holds candlelight procession for Sylvester Oromoni
Lagos government has orders indefinite closure of school
Dowen College, Lekki Phase 1 was on Friday, December 3, shut down indefinitely over the rather controversial death of Sylvester.
The decision was contained in a statement released by the Lagos state ministry of education.
The move came after the commissioner for education in the state, Folasade Adefisayo, and other officials of the ministry visited the school on Friday. According to the ministry, Dowen College will remain shut down until the outcome of the ongoing investigation on Sylvester's demise.