- The Lagos state governor has broken his silence on the unfortunate death of Sylvester (Jnr) Oromoni, the 12-year old pupil of Dowen College
- Governor Sanwo-Olu said ordered a comprehensive investigation into the matter which is generating social media outrage
- The governor in an emotional statement described Sylvester Jnr's death as sad, disturbing and heartbreaking
Lagos - Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state has commiserated with the family of late Sylvester (Jnr) Oromoni, the 12-year old pupil of Dowen College.
In a statement sighted by Legit.ng on his Facebook page on Tuesday, December 7, Sanwo-Olu said he has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the matter.
The Lagos state governor prayed that God Almighty will soothe pains of the bereaved parents and grant Sylvester Jnr eternal rest.
Emotional photos as Dowen College's parents forum holds candlelight procession for Sylvester Oromoni
The statement reads:
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"I commiserate deeply with the family of late Sylvester (Jnr) Oromoni, the 12-year old pupil of Dowen College, Lagos.
"As a parent, I share the grief Sylvester's demise has brought upon his parents and the entire household. The incident is not only sad, but disturbing and heartbreaking.
"Consequently, I have ordered a comprehensive investigation into the matter. But while that is going on, I would like to give Sylvester's parents and entire citizenry of Lagos, the assurance of my full support at this trying time.
"I share their pains and sense of loss. Indeed, words are inadequate to describe my feelings, but I pray that God Almighty will soothe their pains, and grant Sylvester Jnr eternal rest. Amen."
Controversies about Sylvester's death
There are reports that Sylvester 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.
Nigerians react to Sanwo-Olu's statement
Sophia Daniels said:
"There should also be a sustained campaign against domestic violence and poor parenting! This is what has led to broken and toughened children who bully others."
Faith A Effiom said:
"He died a painful death that he didn't deserve ..the pain he passed through broke the heart of millions of people...oh such a gifted CHILD..."
Arinola Aroyehun said:
"We want nothing but justice for the poor boy who will likely be a sacrificial lamb for an effective anti bully policy in our country.
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"May the Lord consoled his parents and give them the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss of a promising son."
Adeolu Gboyega said:
"These are not interesting times in your administration. I really feel for you! May God grant the family of the deceased and all loved ones the fortitude to bear the irreparable loss."
Tony Onyebuchi said:
"The death of this 12 years old boy still breaks my heart. I'm so saddened by it. All I demand of the Lagos State governor is a thorough investigation into his death, and the perpetrators brought to justice. May his gentle soul rest in peace."
Lagos government orders indefinite closure of school
Meanwhile, 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.