Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Tuesday, described as “disturbing and heartbreaking”, the death of Sylvester Oromoni of Dowen College, Lekki.
The governor also said he has ordered a comprehensive investigation into the matter.
In a Facebook post, he wrote, “I commiserate deeply with the family of late Sylvester (Jnr) Oromoni, the 12-year old pupil of Dowen College, Lagos.
“As a parent, I share the grief Sylvester’s demise has brought upon his parents and the entire household. The incident is not only sad but disturbing and heartbreaking.
“Consequently, I have ordered a comprehensive investigation into the matter. But while that is going on, I would like to give Sylvester’s parents and entire citizenry of Lagos, the assurance of my full support at this trying time.
“I share their pains and sense of loss. Indeed, words are inadequate to describe my feelings, but I pray that God Almighty will soothe their pains, and grant Sylvester Jnr eternal rest.”
The father of the deceased boarding student, Sylvester Oromoni Snr, had alleged that the Junior Secondary School 2 pupil died from the injuries sustained during an assault by five of his colleagues who wanted to initiate him into cultism but the school claimed he died after sustaining an injury during a football match.
Three pupils are currently in police detention for suspected assault, according to Lagos State Commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu, while two others are on the loose.
Meanwhile, the college’s Parents’ Forum has urged that the school’s administration and hostel teachers be replaced.
They also stated that a candlelight session would be held in Oromoni’s honor on December 8, 2021.
While expressing their sorrow over the tragic incident that resulted in Oromoni’s death, the parents prayed for strength for the 12-year-bereaved old’s family.