More details on how Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old pupil at Dowen College in the Lekki area of Lagos State, was allegedly murdered by cult groups emerged yesterday.
For declining to join the fraternity, the dead was allegedly assaulted by certain cult groups, which he identified as students of the college before his death.
Following the incident, he was brought to a Lagos hospital on Friday and was pronounced dead on Tuesday.
Perrison Oromoni, a relative of the deceased, announced his death on the microblogging site Twitter on Wednesday.
He said the 12-year-old died on Tuesday after a battery of tests and X-rays proved he had suffered internal damage as a result of the abuse.
However, Dowen College, which contacted the family, stated that his injuries occurred while playing football.
Perrison elaborated on the situation, saying, “We’re from Delta State, yet he attends Dowen College in Lekki.”
My uncle was contacted since his son had been hurt while playing football. When he arrived to the hospital, it was discovered that he had been bullied and abused, resulting in internal injuries.
“It was verified after examinations and X-rays that he had been severely battered.” His entire body was swelled when he died yesterday morning (Tuesday).
“They had been urging him to join a cult group,” he remarked before he died. He stated that if he spoke, they would murder him.”
Perrison stated the late Sylvester mentioned a few names of the kids who forced him to join their cult group before he died in a snapshot uploaded on his blogging site.
“Anyone who can murder me now should kill me,” he said. My brother will not die in vain, Anslem Temile, Michael Kashamu, Benjamin Favour, and Dowen College, just know that before he died, he called your names.”
According to a media source, Ayomide Falona, a spokesperson of Dowen College, has stated that inquiries into the case have commenced while disputing the charges of assault.
Adekunle Ajisebutu, the Lagos State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), told The Guardian that he had not been briefed.
Nigerians on Twitter have condemned the conduct, calling on security officials to investigate the situation and urged parents to keep an eye on their boarders.
Parents whose children attend the college, according to Twitter user @Shelleofficial, contribute significantly to their children’s misbehavior because many refuse to allow their children to be chastised by teachers.
“May God grant him eternal rest.” I worked at Dowen College, and the main issue is that parents do not want their children to be reprimanded by a teacher, instructors do not want to lose their jobs, and schools do not want to lose money! School business, teacher jobs, and spoiled brats for parents!”
“Today, the distinction between a Christian boarding school and a regular school is blurred. The atrocities that occur are same. People chose boarding for their children because the country is challenging and most women now work. Is it, however, the best option? @purity gifts says, “Things are happening faa.”