The Lagos State Government has ordered that Dowen College, Lekki, be closed indefinitely pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of Master Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a student of the school.
VANTAGE NEWS had reported that the state government had pledged to investigate the matter.
The order shutting down the school was contained in a statement signed by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, Ganiu Lawal.
The statement read, “The Lagos State Government has ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki, pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a student of the school.
“Commissioner for Education Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo announced the closure after a meeting with the School Management and Staff.
“The Commissioner called for calm, saying no effort will be spared in getting to the root of the incident.”
The death of the 12-year-old student of the college, Oromoni Jnr., had ignited various reactions from celebrities and Nigerians alike.
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.
But the deceased father, who bears the same name as him, stated that contrary to what Dowen College had said in the statement, the family friend who they sent to pick up Oromoni Jnr. from the school described a totally different situation.
The bereaved father stated that his son was bullied and beaten to stupor as he said, “The next day, we sent a family friend to help pick up our son since he was the only person in Lagos and take him to the hospital. When he got there, he panicked, pointing out that he doubts it’s a football injury as the school claimed.”
Meanwhile, in an email sent to parents early Friday morning, Dowen College informed students not to come to school on Friday, 3rd December and Monday, 6th December because of the incident.