The has been a massive outcry and demand for justice in Nigerian, West Africa over the death of a 12-year-old student of the Dowen College in Lekki, Lagos.

According to Mr Oromoni Snr, the father of the late boarding student, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, management of the school claimed that his son suffered injuries as a result of playing football, this claim the family has rubbished.

The bevered father believes that his son was subjected to severe beatings and persistent bullying by 5 of his seniors over his failure to join their cult group.

He adds that his late son had received numerous death threats from his seniors who warned him never to report the incident to school authorities or his family.

“They put fear in him so much so that, when you ask him, he might keep to himself and say, ‘they will kill me’. This way, we didn’t know what to do. I considered removing him, reconsidered since his sisters were still in the school. The new incident came to my knowledge on November 21st after the school called my wife to notify us that our son was in the school clinic, injured. My senior son, who was to make a London trip, came to see us in Warri,” he told The Cable Lifestyle.

“When he got there, he panicked, pointing out that he doubts it’s a football injury as the school claimed. He said the boy couldn’t stand because his waist was bent and swollen with one side of his belly. His mouth was black. I asked, ‘is this really a football injury?’ He was taken to my house in Lagos but couldn’t sleep at night. I asked my eldest to fly to Lagos on November 24 while I took a trip to Asaba, from where I’d also make for Lagos. On getting there, he screamed. ‘This is beyond football injury. Come to Lagos now,’ he told me over the phone,” Mr Oromoni Snr added.

There have been calls for justice from citizens and celebrities for the late student of Dowen College following a clip that captured the poor boy in massive pain before his untimely death.

The father of the deceased intimated that his son suffered a liver enlargement due to the liquid substance which was forced down his throat by his seniors.

“Junior said, ‘mummy, I didn’t play ball; I didn’t fall’. He jumped off his

hostel bed. They kicked him, matched his waist. Other students ran off. They threatened to kill them all if they spoke a word to the school staff. They warned Junior to say he sustained injuries while playing ball. They threatened him. If you ask the roommate, they’d all lie,” Mr Oromoni Snr furthered.

Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has indefinitely shut down the school as investigations into the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr begin. Read More

By Ian Dei

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