The death of a 12-year-old student of Dowen College in Lagos, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, has sparked agitations from Nigerian celebrities, as they demand justice for the child.
Reports had emerged that Oromoni was bullied and beaten by fellow students. The supposed injuries from the beating led to his death, according to a Twitter user with the handle @perrisonoromoni, who claimed to be the boy’s cousin.
However, in a statement on Wednesday, the school denied all allegations stating that Oromoni was neither bullied nor beaten but only complained of hip pain after playing football.
Contrary to the school’s statement, the victim’s cousin rolled out photos and video evidence, which tended to corroborate the fact that the child was bullied and beaten; an activity that could have led to his death.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has ordered the indefinite closure of the school, pending the outcome of an investigation into the student’s death.
Following the closure, Nollywood star, Kanayo O. Kanayo, has told the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, that shutting down the school is not enough.
The actor made this call in a video on his Instagram page which he captioned, “Dowen college must pay for this #justiceforsylvester.”
In the video, he said, “The Governor of Lagos State, our own dear Babajide Sanwo-Olu. After the EndSARS protest and report, you have another challenge on your hands.
“The case of the 12-year-old Sylvester – your son – cannot be swept under the carpet. It is not enough to shut down the school.
Do not – Your Excellency – Do not allow people to take the law into their own hands. It’s something that should be brought to book immediately. Thank you, Your Excellency.”
Still referring to the closure, actress Mary Lazarus said the next step would be to fish out the parents of the students involved in the act.
She said, “Next step: Fish out the parents of the students involved in the act. They must provide their children. If true that two of the accused have been flown out by their parents, they can be repatriated.
“Treat their parents specially because they are as evil as their children. They are the real culprits.#lettheinvestigationbegin #justiceforsylvester”
Celebrities like Mercy Johnson, Tonto Dikeh, and others had also demanded justice for the late child.
Other celebrities who have also lent their voice include Rachel Okonkwo, Comedian Lepacious Bose, Mike Ezuruonye, Ayoola Ayolola, Burna Boy, Davido, amongst others.