Sylvester Oromoni’s death: Police interrogate 3 Dowen College students
Three students, suspected to have been involved in the alleged torture and beating of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni, a student of Dowen College, Lekki in Lagos State, for refusing to join a cult group, have been invited by the State Criminal Investigative Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba in Lagos for questioning.
Oromoni, Jnr died of complications last week as a result of injuries sustained from an attack by a group of five senior students for allegedly refusing to join a cult group in the school.
WITHIN NIGERIA had reported that Adewale Michael, son of the late Senator Buruji Kashamu, alleged to be involved in the matter has denied his involvement.
According to Vanguard, the students were invited by the Divisional Police Officer of Maroko Police Station and later taken to the SCID for questioning over Sylvester’s death yesterday (Monday).
The students, who were interrogated at the SCID, it was gathered, were accompanied to the police station by their parents and lawyers.
This publication recalls that the deceased’s cousin, Perry Oromoni, has taken to social media to alleged that some senior pupils of the college beat him up in his hostel room for refusing to join a cult.
But the school denied the claim, stating that the boy complained of pain in his legs and hip following an injury he sustained while playing football.
The Lagos State Government had shut down the school indefinitely to ensure thorough investigation.
Officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Education stormed the school in the early hours of Sunday and sealed the premises.
The father of late Sylvester Oromoni jnr, Mr Sylvester Oromoni, who spoke to the Vanguard, yesterday in Warri, Delta State, said the closure of the school by the Lagos State government was the first step, adding that the death of their son should bring an end to ugly situations in schools that could cause more lives of innocent children.
Recalling sweet memories of his son, he said as the last child, Sylvester was very close to him, adding that he was like a teacher to him.
His words: “My son was very close to me. He was my last child. He was also like a teacher to me. He would correct my grammar sometimes when I made mistakes in spelling or even spoken English. He was very brilliant. He would spend most times with me whenever I was at home and he was on holiday.
“I have stopped talking about the painful incident because whenever I do, it weighs me down. It is affecting me.
“I heard the school has been shut down. It is a good one and welcome development. Justice for my son is what we want. Let the school tell Nigerians the truth.
“This incident should serve a lesson to failed parents that they cannot unleash their monsters on innocent children in boarding schools. The children behind this act, no matter their ages, should face the law. If they are minors, they should be sent to rehabs before the full glare of cameras as lessons for their failed parents.”