BREAKING: Parents at Dowen College demand change in school management, hostel teachers and hold candlelight for late Sylvester

The parents’ forum at Dowen College in Lagos State has demanded an overhaul of school management and hostel teachers as well as the installation of CCTV cameras in the school as the death of 12-year-old student Sylvester Oromoni continues to gain national notoriety.

The parents’ forum, which condemned the student’s death, said a candlelight procession would be held for him on Wednesday.

In a statement obtained by SaharaReporters on Tuesday and signed by Aituaz Kola-Oladejo, Waheed Adeoye, Oluwaseun Bolanle Ajila and Kingsley Kema Agu, the parents said what happened to Sylvester “could have happened to any other child in the ‘school”.

The forum said: “Parents at Dowen College are surprised and deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident which led to the death of Sylvester Oromoni. Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased and pray that God gives them the strength to bear the irreparable loss.

“As parents of Dowen students, we are still in shock and have not been able to come to terms with this incident and the accounts provided so far by the school, students and the media.

“We urge the school management team and other stakeholders (students and parents directly or indirectly mentioned) to cooperate fully with the authority in the ongoing investigation. Although we would have liked to bring Sylvester back if it were humanly possible, unraveling the cause of Sylvester’s death and bringing whoever was responsible or might have contributed in any way to book will not only end this unfortunate incident for the family, but it will also serve as a deterrent for those others in all schools in Nigeria.

“So we say justice for Sylvester is justice for all. On our part as parents, we will work more closely with the school (management/board), to ensure that the necessary measures are put in place to prevent a repetition of this unfortunate incident and to eradicate bullying in any form. either at school.

“We therefore sincerely request a resolution that will bring some relief to the bereaved family, other parents, Dowen College students and the public.

“These should include a change of school management and home teachers, the installation of CCTV cameras in all strategic locations and an overhaul of the school’s security system.

“The Parents’ Forum is hosting a Candle Light event. The details of which are as follows: Wednesday, December 8, 6 p.m.; Dowen College. Lighting candles is to pay homage to a “past” life and keeping the light on means the memory still lives on and burns brightly.

SaharaReporters reported earlier today that Lagos State Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu revealed that three college students are currently under investigation in Sylvester’s death.

Although Odumosu did not give the identity of those detained, he insisted that they were the main suspects.

SaharaReporters also reported that the Oromoni family had hired law firm and human rights activists, Femi Falana, SAN, to pursue their case against the institution for the death of their son.

The human rights lawyer’s firm had written to the Lagos State Chief Coroner’s Office, requesting an investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of his client’s child.

The letter was dated December 6, 2021, signed by Taiwo Olawale and addressed to the Chief Coroner of the Lagos State High Court.

The story of 12-year-old Sylvester went viral last week after a family member took to social media to demand justice.

In a series of Tweets, the family member, with the handle @Perrisonoromoni, said Sylvester was assaulted by senior Dowen College students.

He added that Sylvester died after suffering multiple internal injuries from being tortured and bullied.

Additionally, in a video posted online by the family member, Oromoni Jr was seen writhing in pain. His teeth were stained with dark red blood. Her legs were swollen and her stomach was swollen.

Dowen College management, in a statement, said Sylvester was injured while playing football. In a separate statement, they said they would cooperate with authorities to investigate the incident.

The Lagos State Government, through its Ministry of Education, carried out a fact-finding visit to the college and announced on Friday that the school would be closed indefinitely.

Jeremy S. McLain