Every parent wants the best for their child, and that is why most parents go through hell to give their children the best. When parents have put in so much effort to give their children the best by picking a school they consider the best out of trust to send their child to acquire knowledge and learn, they expect a certain level of peace, joy and satisfaction.
When Sylvester Oromonis’ parents sent him to Dowen College in Lagos, it was their dream that their child would learn and grow in his relationships with people around him, establish an identity for himself, develop all round stability and his overall well-being will be looked after.
This was not the case for Sylvester Oromoni jnr as he breathed his last on Tuesday, November 30 2021. While the circumstances surrounding his death are still very unclear, this is what we know so far.
Sylvester Oromoni jnr, the twelve-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Oromoni, died on Tuesday, November 30 2021. Video clips released by his father showed that he was in serious pain and could not walk properly.
Dowen College issued a statement saying that he died as a result of injuries sustained while playing football.
A family member (cousin) said on Twitter that Sylvester Oromoni was locked up in his hostel room and was beaten by five boys and given a poisonous substance to drink.
Sylvester Oromoni Snr narrated to the media that his son told him before his death that he was beaten by senior students at his school.
The hashtag #JusticeforSylvester began to trend on social media, thousands signed a petition to get justice for Sylvester while driving a school bullying debate involving a couple of celebrities.
WHAT LAGOS STATE HAS DONE?
The Lagos State Government ordered the indefinite closure of the college pending the outcome of the investigation into Sylvester Oromoni’s death.
On Monday, a full investigation into his death began, and the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hakeem Odumosu, disclosed that three “key suspects” in connection with Sylvester’s death had been arrested while two had escaped. He said the three arrested were helping get those who had escaped.
The Commissioner of Police did not disclose the names of the students that were arrested.
More updates as events unfold.