The Lagos State Police Command has revealed that three students of Dowen College in the Lekki area of Lagos are currently in police custody for allegedly assaulting 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni.
According to a report by The PUNCH, the state’s Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu who disclosed this, also said two other students of the school fingered in the assault, are now at large, adding that those in police custody are helping the Command with information on how to track them.
Speaking on Tuesday morning, Odumosu, added that the school principal, housemasters, and other officials of the Lekki-based school are also assisting the police with information as the Command launched a full-scale probe into the circumstances culminating in the death of Oromoni on November 30, 2021.
The father of the deceased boarding student had alleged that the Junior Secondary School 2 pupil died from the injuries sustained during an assault by five of his colleagues who wanted to initiate him into cultism but the school claimed he died after sustaining an injury during a football match.
The CP explained, “It is still an allegation until we conduct our investigation. We just started full investigation yesterday (Monday). Two out of those mentioned in the viral video are at large while three of the students are helping us to get others.”
“I am in contact with my counterpart in Delta State. I spoke with the parents yesterday, we are perfecting everything scientifically,” Odumosu added.
Reacting to the incident, the National Association of Nigerian Students NANS alerted foreign missions to deny entry to the five students of Dowen College alleged to have bullied and beaten 12-year-old Oromoni to a point of coma which led to his eventual death.
Over 220,000 persons have signed a petition on the Change.org platform seeking the arrest of those fingered in the incident and their swift prosecution.
Following the outcry by Nigerians after the disheartening incident, the Lagos State Government on Friday ordered the indefinite closure of the school and sealed it off pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of Oromoni.
Odumosu had also ordered the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, to take over the investigation of the case immediately.
Oromoni’s death is one of the disheartening deaths resulting from bullying and molestations in boarding secondary schools of late.
Karen-Happuch Akpagher of Premiere Academy, Lugbe, Abuja, had died of sexual molestation in June 2021 while Don Davies of Deeper Life High School, Uyo, had also narrowly escaped death in December 2020, when his mother raised the alarm of alleged sodomy of her emaciated son.