The Lagos state police command says it did not receive any formal report on the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, the 12-year-old student of Dowen College.
Oromoni, 12, died a few days ago after he was allegedly attacked by “some senior colleagues” for refusing to join a cult group.
The student’s death has continued to generate widespread criticism on social media platforms while the Lagos state government announced an indefinite closure of the school.
According to NAN, Adekunle Ajisebutu, the command’s spokesman, said although no formal report has been made yet, Hakeem Odumosu, the commissioner of police, has ordered investigation into the matter.
“The Lagos State Police Command is not unaware of the reported death of one Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, which is currently going viral on the social media,” it read.
“The Commissioner of Police, upon hearing about it, instantly directed the Divisional Police Officer, Maroko Division, under whose jurisdiction the place of incident is, to immediately visit the school to carry out initial investigation into the incident.
“This directive has been carried out as investigation into the case has since commenced.
“However, in view of the seriousness of the case, the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, has also been directed to take over investigation of the case immediately.”
The police spokesman enjoined members of the public to avoid taking laws into their hands, adding that the command is determined to get justice for the deceased’s family.
“Members of the public, particularly the deceased’s bereaved parents, friends and relatives, are assured that the Lagos State Police Command has deployed all available human and material resources at its disposal to unravel the circumstances surrounding the sad and unfortunate incident,” it added.
“While diligent investigation is ongoing, members of the public are advised against taking the law into their own hands. They are also enjoined to refrain from comments that could jeopardize investigation.
“The Commissioner of Police, CP Hakeem Odumosu, while commiserating with the bereaved family, has equally assured that the outcome of police investigation would be made public in due course.”
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