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General News of Friday, 3 December 2021


'My son was beaten and fed chemical' - Father of late Dowen College student

The deceased, Sylvester Oromini with his family The deceased, Sylvester Oromini with his family

The Father of Sylvester Oromini, the 12-year-old boy who died after he was allegedly tortured at a private school for refusing to join a cult, has spoken out.

According to him, his son had been a victim of bullying in the school; Dowen College for a long time. He had plans of taking him to another school, but he already had siblings in Dowen, and that made him reconsider his decision.

In an outpour, Junior’s father said: “My son suffered. His birthday is next tomorrow (Dec 4). I’ll celebrate it. I’ll have a cake baked. I’ll cut it on his behalf. The boys they mentioned were also reported to the school the last term when they bullied Junior and collected all his foodstuffs; clothes. I have two daughters, one of whom earlier graduated. I had to remove the second after this incident. They asked this boy to describe the sister’s privates and this got to us.”

Oromoni’s family said Dowen had temporarily suspended the boys involved after the family’s eldest son took it up. Sylvester was also switched to a new hostel but the bullying and intimidation persisted into the new term.

“They put fear in him so much so that, when you ask him, he might keep to himself and say, ‘they will kill me’. This way, we didn’t know what to do. I considered removing him reconsidered since his sisters were still in the school. The new incident came to my knowledge on November 21st after the school called my wife to notify us that our son was in the school clinic, injured. My senior son, who was to make a London trip, came to see us in Warri,” he said.

“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."

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