The Board and Management of Dowen College, Lagos, have broken their silence over reports that had emerged which stated that one of their students, Sylvester Oromoni, was bullied and beaten by fellow students. Days later, the supposed injuries from the beating led to the student’s death.
Ever since reports of the incident surfaced online, Nigerians have expressed their outrage over the development and it has led to the indefinite closure of the school. Moreso, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police has ordered a full-scale investigation into the incidence.
Speaking about the death of the student, Dowen College, via a press statement released on its Instagram page, @dowencollegelagos, commiserated with the Sylvester Oromoni family.
The statement, which was signed by the Board and Management of Dowen College, was titled, ‘Dowen College speaks: Commiserates with Sylvester Oromoni’s family’.
It read, “Our deepest sympathies go out to the family of one of our beloved students, Sylvester Oromoni Jr. He was dearly loved by his teachers; fellow students and he was a beacon of light for the school.
“The tragic unfortunate incident which transpired this past November, and Sylvester’s untimely death requires thorough and proper investigation. Dowen College is fully committed to this. We are assisting the authorities to get to the bottom of this heart-breaking incident. The first step taken by the school, in conjunction with the Ministry of Education, has been the immediate closure of the school to aid the investigation.
“Understandably, at this time of intense grief and suffering, emotions are raw and tensions are high. We pray that God, who alone knows how to comfort the sorrowing, will comfort Sylvester’s family and all those who loved and knew him.
“We commiserate with the Oromoni family and the students of Dowen College who have lost a friend and fellow student. This is a traumatic experience. We assure our parents that the school is taking steps to ensure the safety and security of their children and wards. This is paramount. Every child is valued at Dowen College and their health and well-being is of utmost priority to the school.”
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