The government of Lagos State has sympathised with the family of Sylvester Oromoni, a student of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, who died from injuries he allegedly sustained from the beating by his colleagues that wanted him to join their secret cult group.
The state government also pledged to investigate the matter.
The spokesman of the Ministry of Education, Ganiu Lawal, in a statement on Friday, said the government was in touch with the parents of the boy.
The statement read in part: “The Lagos State Government sends its condolences to the parents of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni Jnr., a student of Dowen College, Lekki.
“The Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo, notes that this incident is shocking and the State is indeed sad about this great loss.
“A delegation comprising top level management of relevant Ministries, Departments and Agencies and the Police, has visited the school on a fact-finding mission.
“The State Government is in touch with the parents in this difficult time.
“We reassure the family of the late Sylvester Oromoni Junior and Lagosians at large that efforts are being made to unravel the circumstances leading to his demise, even as we reiterate the Government’s commitment to Child Protection.”
Few days ago, a cousin of late Sylvester Oromoni, Perrie, had taken to the social media to lament Sylvester’s death.
According to him, the deceased mentioned some fellow students who beat him up because of his refusal to join a cult group.
However, the school later came up with a press release denying that such happened in the school.
In its statement, the school management said the boy only sustained injuries while playing football with his colleagues and was promptly treated before being handed over to his family.
Another claim on social media was that some of the boys mentioned by the deceased have been flown abroad by their families.
The deceased family is yet to officially comment on the matter.