Dowen College closes school temporarily as family moves to protest student’s death


 Following the controversy that has trailed the death of a Dowen College student, sylvester Oromoni in Lagos, the school has shut down temporarily.

In a video that went viral, it was rumored that the late student, aged 12, was reportedly attacked by “some of his senior colleagues” for refusing to join a cult group.

In a story monitored on The Cable, the student’s father, who bears the same name as his son said that the claims surrounding his death were “true”.

According to the father, he said his son was fed liquid substance and intimidated into keeping mum over what transpired.

Earlier, the school had earlier the claim, alleging that he only sustained injuries while playing football with his colleagues.

In an email release sent to parents of the students on Friday, Dowen College announced a two-day shutdown.

“Dear parents, in view of the current situation concerning the school and considering the emotions of the students, we have advised that our students stay home tomorrow, Friday 3rd and Monday 6th,” the statement read.

“This will also afford the students the opportunity to revise for their forthcoming examinations starting next week.”

However, a source in the know of the development also said that the mail was to douse tension as the bereaved family is mobilising for protest.

In Dowen College’s response to the student’s demise, it had debunked claims about bullying and cultism in the school.

“The school is not located in a bush where a cult would typically meet in secrete. We’re in an estate where there’s no room for secrecy. Parents will naturally come and go. It’s expected. We are all worried,” an official had said.

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