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General News of Tuesday, 7 December 2021


Dowen College: Family demands coroner inquest into son’s death

The late Sylvester Oromoni The late Sylvester Oromoni

The family of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni (Junior), a pupil of the Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, who died under controversial circumstances, has demanded a coroner inquest into his death.

The news of Sylvester’s death went viral last Wednesday following a social media post by his cousin, Perry Oromoni, who alleged that some senior pupils of the college beat him up in his hostel because he refused to join a cult.

But the school denied the claim, stating that the boy complained of leg pains following an injury he sustained while playing football.

The state government, on Friday, ordered the indefinite closure of the school pending the outcome of an investigation into the matter.

Officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Education stormed the school in the early hours of Sunday and sealed the premises.

The Falana and Falana Chambers, on behalf of the family, petitioned the chief coroner of Lagos State on Monday, demanding an inquest into the death.

Meanwhile, the wife of the governor of Lagos State, Dr Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu, has commiserated with the parents of the victim.

Mrs Sanwo-Olu spoke on Monday during the Sexual and Gender-Based Violence advocacy visit to Dolphin Junior and High School on the Lagos Island.

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