The death of Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old student at Dowen College in Lekki, has been described by Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, the First Lady of Lagos State, as a “big smack in the face” for the state.
During an advocacy tour to numerous schools as part of the current 16 Days of activism against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence, Governor Babajide Sanwo-wife Olu voiced this sentiment.
Olubukonla Nwonah, the Assistant Director of Public Affairs for the Lagos State First Lady’s Office, stated this.
Mrs. Sanwo-Olu, according to the statement, termed the episode as regrettable and stated that it will never happen again in the state.
“I am aware that the Lagos State Government is investigating the issue at the present, and to be honest, it is something we are not very thrilled about,” she stated. It’s a slap in the face to the education sector, the community, and the state of Lagos as a whole.
“It’s a matter that’s under investigation, and we grieve with the parents and everyone concerned, and we express our condolences.”
“As I previously stated, the situation is under investigation, and I will not be able to comment further at this time.”
News of Sylvester’s death went viral on Wednesday, following a social media post by his cousin, Perry Oromoni, stating that some senior students at the college beat him up in his hostel for refusing to join a cult.
The school, on the other hand, denied the claim, alleging that the child had complained of leg and hip pain due to a football injury.
On Friday, the state administration ordered the school’s closure indefinitely, pending the outcome of an inquiry.
The Lagos Commissioner of Police, Hakeen Odumosu, has assured the family that the findings of the probe will be made public.