Family of Dowen College student hires Falana Chambers to continue school as another parent recounts ordeal

The family of the late Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a 12-year-old former Dowen College student who was allegedly bullied by his elders, have hired human rights law firm Femi Falana, SAN, to sue the case against the institution during the unfortunate death of their son.

According to a Premium Times report, the Falana Chambers has since written to the Lagos State Chief Coroner’s Office, requesting an inquest into the circumstances leading to the child’s death.

The letter, dated December 6, 2021 and signed by Taiwo Olawale, was specifically addressed to the Chief Coroner of the Lagos State High Court.

It was titled; “Request for investigation into the tragic death of Sylvester Oromoni killed at Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos.”

The lawyer noted that based on information provided by the family, the late student died from injuries allegedly inflicted on him by his elders at school.

The letter reads in part: “In view of the needless death of Sylvester Oromoni, we are compelled to ask you to use your good offices to have a coroner’s inquest into the cause of death of this promising young boy and to make recommendations. appropriate in accordance with section 15 of the Lagos State Coroner Act 2007 which states that an inquest shall be held whenever a coroner is informed that the death of a deceased person in their district of coroner is the result of death in a violent, unnatural or suspicious situation.

“We hereby request your Lordship to investigate the circumstances surrounding this tragic death and we are confident that your Lordship will accede to our request as a matter of urgency. “

Recall that the parents of the deceased filed a petition with the Lagos State Police Commissioner, Hakeem Odumosu, asking for a proper investigation into the death of their son.

Meanwhile, a lady, Nikky Ufondu, who claimed her son was enrolled in school, took to her Instagram page to recount what she described as a frightening experience of her then 10-year-old son at the school. school in 2013.

According to Ufondu, his son complained bitterly about his experiences at the hands of those he called tyrants, whom he accused of stealing his son’s money, provisions and other goods.

She also said the bullying forced her to take her son out of college after his first term at JSS1, accusing the school leadership of only caring about school fees and not the welfare of the children.

She added that her son’s case was no different from that of several other children at the school, who she said had faced similar bullying issues and that she made the decision for her. only son, whom she identified simply as Henry, to drop out of college.

And just as the father of the deceased accused the school administration of not asking after the late Oromoni junior, Ufondu also said: “After removing Henry, who is my only son, from Dowen College, the administration of the school never contacted me or found out why I pulled my son out of school; only his teacher who was aware of the incident contacted me months after we removed the young man from school.

The death of the 12-year-old became public knowledge when a relationship with the deceased, Perris Oromoni said on social media that his cousin was beaten to death at Dowen College.

This sparked outrage among Nigerians, many of whom demanded justice for the young boy.

Others called on parents to remove their children from school following the incident.

The school, in its response to the incident, claimed the deceased was injured while playing football and received immediate medical attention from his resident nurse.

The student subsequently complained of hip pain and was again taken care of by a doctor and nurse, then taken home, the school said.

The victim’s cousin then released photos and video evidence, showing Sylvester was bullied and beaten, resulting in his death.

Video shared by the boy’s family before his death showed him in pain.

The deceased was also allegedly forced to drink an unknown substance by the bullies.

The father of the deceased student had alleged that the parents of the students responsible for torturing his son had arranged for them to leave the country by plane.

In another statement, the school said it was ready to work with authorities during the investigation into the matter, especially with the school shutdown by the Lagos State government.

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