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Lagos State Police Command yesterday arrested three Dowen College students in connection with the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr.
Lagos Police Commissioner Hakeem Odumosu also confirmed that three of the five students were already in detention, while two were currently at large.
It’s like a week after the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni Junior; the School Parents’ Forum demanded justice and also a change in the management of the school.
It will be recalled that the late Sylvester Oromoni had mentioned five senior students allegedly responsible for the injuries he allegedly suffered during his assault at Dowen College.
Sylvester was allegedly assaulted by final year students at Dowen College, where he allegedly suffered internal injuries that resulted in his death.
More than 100,000 had signed petitions to prosecute the perpetrators of the sad incident.
The Lagos state government has since closed the school, while police have also opened an investigation into the case.
Yet, a week after the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni Junior, the school’s Parents’ Forum demanded justice as well as a change in the management of the school.
The parents also demanded a change of teachers in the hostel and the installation of CCT cameras in the school.
Decisions were made in an online meeting. In strong words against the death of the 12-year-old, the parents said justice for Sylvester is justice for all and insisted that those involved be brought to justice.
A statement, signed yesterday on behalf of the Parents’ Forum by Aituaz Kola-Oladejo, Waheed Adeoye, Oluwaseun Bolanle Ajila and Kingsley Kema Agu, reads: “This will not only end this unfortunate incident for the family, but serve as a deterrent for other young offenders in all schools in Nigeria. “
Parents demanded a change in the school’s management team, the teachers at the hostel, the installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras in all strategic locations and the overhaul of the school’s security system. school.
They decried the incident and urged the school’s management team and other stakeholders to cooperate with authorities in the ongoing investigation into Sylvester’s death.
The parents’ forum agreed to host candle light today at Dowen College, adding that “lighting candles is to pay homage to a ‘past’ life, and keeping the light on means the memory lives on. still and burns.
“The parents of 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 to God to give them the strength to endure the irreparable loss.
“As parents of students at Dowen College, we are still in shock and have not been able to accept this incident and the accounts provided thus far by the school administration, students and the media.
“We are however temporarily relieved by the speed with which the authorities intervened and opened an investigation to elucidate the cause of death of Sylvester Oromoni.
“We urge the school management team and other stakeholders to fully cooperate with the authority in the ongoing investigation. While we would have loved to bring Sylvester back, if humanly possible, unraveling the cause of his death and getting anyone who was responsible or could have contributed in any way to book, will not only end this unfortunate incident for the family, but serve as a deterrent for other young offenders in all schools in Nigeria.
“For 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 the repetition of this unfortunate incident and to eradicate bullying in all cases. its forms at school.
“We will also continue to call on parents, by all means available, to show more interest in what their children are up to and who they associate with at school and at home.
“We call on the public to view this incident as an inflection point, not only for Dowen College but also for other schools in Nigeria, as recent events have shown that bullying, indecent assault and he other vices among students are common in our schools.
“Therefore, we rely on the authorities for justice, regardless of the social status of the person involved.
“What happened to Sylvester could have happened to any other child in the school. For many traumatized students, Sylvester was a classmate, roommate, classmate, or friend.
“We therefore sincerely ask for a resolution that will bring some relief to the bereaved family, other parents, Dowen College students and the public. These should include a change in the school administration and teachers at the hostel, the installation of CCTV cameras in all strategic locations and the overhaul of the school security system.