The parents’ forum of Dowen College in Lagos has announced that it would hold a candlelight session to commemorate the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, the 12-year-old pupil of the school.


In a statement on Tuesday, the forum said the candlelight session will hold by 6 pm on Wednesday around the school’s premises.

Oromoni died a few days ago after he was allegedly bullied and attacked by “some senior colleagues” for refusing to join a cult group.

His death has also continued to provoke outrage on social media platforms.


In the statement, the parents said Oromoni’s death left many of them in shock. The parents also said they are yet to come to terms with “the incident and the accounts so far provided by the school, students, and the media.”

The forum added that it is working closely with the school and other relevant authorities to ensure the late student gets justice.

“We therefore say justice for Sylvester, is justice for all. On our part as parents, we will work more closely with the school (management/board), to ensure necessary measures are put in place to prevent a reoccurrence of this unfortunate incident and stamp out bulling in any form from the school,” it read.


“We will also continue to appeal to parents (through the PTA) to show more interest in what their children do and who they associate with in school and at home.

“We appeal to the public to see this incident as an inflection point, not only for Dowen College but also other schools in Nigeria as recent events have shown that bulling, molestation, and other vices among students are common in our schools.

“Therefore, we rely on the authority for justice regardless of the social status of whoever is involved. Dowen college parents need this more as we are currently in a fix and our children are traumatised.”

The forum also called for an improvement in the security system at Dowen College to protect the students.


“What happened to Sylvester could have happened to any other child in the school. To many of the traumatised students, Sylvester was a classmate, a roommate, a schoolmate, or a friend,” it added.

“We therefore earnestly ask for a resolution that will bring some relief to the bereaved family, other parents, students of Dowen College, and the public.

“These should include a change of the school management and hostel teachers, installation of CCTV cameras in all strategic places and overhauling of the school security system.”

TheCable Lifestyle had earlier reported that three Dowen College students are being grilled by the Lagos state police command in connection to the death of Oromoni.


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