The Lagos State Government has announced the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki until an investigation has been concluded on the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a student of the school.
Commissioner for Education Mrs Folasade Adefisayo made the announcement after meeting with the Management and Staff of the school.
This 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”.
Oromoni’s death has sparked reactions from Nigerians.
It was gathered that the 12-year-old Oromoni was bullied and beaten by fellow students. The injuries sustained from the beating led to his death, according to a Twitter user with the handle @perrisonoromoni, who claimed to be the boy’s cousin.
Meanwhile, in a statement on Wednesday, the management of the school denied all allegations stating that Oromoni was neither bullied nor beaten but only complained of hip pain after playing football.
The father of the deceased, who bears the same name as the student, 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 different situation.
He added that his son was bullied and beaten to stupor.
“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”, he said.