Lagos State closed Dowen College indefinitely over Student’s death
Dowen College Lekki Phase 1 has been closed indefinitely by the Lagos State Ministry of Education to allow for investigations into how one of its students, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, died on Tuesday in allegedly controversial circumstances.
On Friday, the Lagos State Ministry of Education’s Education Commissioner, Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, and other top officials paid a visit to the school.
The boy’s family claimed that he died as a result of injuries sustained when he was beaten by classmates for refusing to join a cult.
The school, on the other hand, claimed he was hurt while playing football.
A statement by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, Lagos State Ministry of Education, Mr Ganiu Lawal, reads: ”
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.”
“Mrs Folasade Adefisayo, Commissioner for Education, announced the closure after a meeting with the school management and staff.
“The Commissioner called for calm, saying no effort would be spared in getting to the root of the incident.”
In an earlier statement, the Commissioner commiserated with Sylvester’s family.
“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.
“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.”
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