Dowen College Parents Demand Change in School Leadership and Hostel Teachers

The parents forum of Dowen College in the Lekki area of ​​Lagos State has demanded a change in the school management as well as the teachers in the home.

The parents made this known in a statement titled “Death of Sylvester Oromoni: Dowen College parents mourn”, days after the death of a student at the school, Sylvester Oromoni.

They also announced that a candlelight session would be held on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, in honor of Oromoni.

The parents, while expressing deep sadness over the unfortunate incident that led to Oromoni’s death, prayed that the 12-year-old’s bereaved family would receive strength.

The late boarding school father, Sylvester Oromoni Snr, had alleged that the Junior Secondary 2 student had died from injuries sustained during an assault by five of his fellow students who wanted to initiate him into the cult, but the school claimed he died after sustaining an injury during a football game.

Lagos State Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu said on Tuesday that three students are currently in custody for alleged assault while two others are on the run.

In the statement, the parents urged the school management and other stakeholders (students and parents directly or indirectly mentioned) to “cooperate fully with the authority in the ongoing investigation”.

The statement said in part: “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. While we would have liked to bring Sylvester back if humanly possible, unraveling the cause of Sylvester’s death and bringing in whoever was responsible or may have contributed in any way to the booking will not only end this unfortunate incident for the family, but it also serves as a deterrent to others in all schools in Nigeria.

“So we say justice for Sylvester is justice for all.”

“What happened to Sylvester could have happened to any other child in school. For many traumatized students, Sylvester was a classmate, roommate, classmate or friend.

“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 statement added.

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Jeremy S. McLain