The Lagos State Government has ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College, pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a student of the school.
A 12-year-old student of Down College located at Lekki, a highbrow area of the state, died after he was alleged to have been beaten by some students.
The closure was announced after a meeting between the School Management and Staff and officials of the Lagos state ministry of education.
The announcement was contained in a statement from the ministry and signed by an assistant director, public affairs unit of the ministry, Ganiu Lawal.
“The Lagos State Government has ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki, pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a student of the school,” the statement reads in part.
“The commissioner called for calm, saying no effort will be spared in getting to the root of the incident.
Dowen College may have attracted outrage after it was accused of attempting a coverup of the circumstances that led to the boy’s death.
A statement that went viral on social media on Wednesday, allegedly signed by the school principal, Adebisi Layiwola, claimed the boy was injured while playing football.
“On the 21st day of November 2021, one of the Hostel Parents reported to the management that the young boy was injured while playing football. The resident registered nurse immediately administered first aid on him and after he expressed relief, was released to return to his hostel room.
“He was in class on Monday 22nd day of November 2021, but during school hours one of his friends accompanied him to the Sick Bay where he complained of some pain in his hip. The doctor examined him and prescribed Ibuprofen for the pain, while the nurse massaged his leg, after which he felt a bit better.
“The resident doctor called the deceased’s mother reporting the incident and requesting that she should come for him so that he could get further medical attention,” the school said.
But the parents insist their son was killed by some students for failing to join an un-named cult.
According to TheCable newspaper, the parents has petitioned the Lagos State Police Command and intend to send another to the Force Headquarters, Abuja.
TheCable reports that “last minute open confessions” by the deceased allegedly confirm that he was molested and violently abused by five senior students in the school.
According to the newspaper, the bereaved father, Mr Oromoni, said his son suffered liver enlargement due to congealed blood.
The father of the boy, Sylvester Oromoni (Snr) told the paper that the boys who beat his son were reported to the school last term when they bullied his son and collected all his foodstuff and clothes.