Dowen College: Justice for Sylvester is justice for all –Parents

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Dowen and Sylvester Oromoni

Some parents of students of Dowen College have declared that getting justice for the late Sylvester Oromoni will amount to justice for all.

The parents made the declaration in a statement made available to FrontPage.

The parents who urged the school authority to cooperate with government over investigation into Oromoni’s death identified themselves as Aituaz Kola-Oladejo, Waheed Adeoye, Oluwaseun Bolanle Ajila and Kingsley Kema Agu.

The statement reads in full:

Dowen College Parents are startled and deeply saddened by the unfortunate incident that led to the death of Sylvester Oromoni. Our hearts go out to the family of the deceased and pray that God gives them the strength to bear the irreparable loss.

As parents of Dowen college students, we are still in shock and could not come to terms with this incident and the accounts so far provided by the school, students, and the media.

We are, however, temporarily relieved by the swiftness with which the authority intervened and commenced investigation towards unravelling the cause of Sylvester Oromoni’s death.

We urge the school management team and other stakeholders (students and parents directly or indirectly mentioned) to fully cooperate with the authority in the ongoing investigation. While we would have loved to bring Sylvester back if humanly possible, unravelling the cause of Sylvester’s death and bringing whoever was responsible or might have contributed in whatever way to book,will not only bring this unfortunate incident to a closure for the family, but this will also serve as a deterrent to others in all schools in Nigeria.

We therefore say justice for Sylvester, is justice for all.

On our part as parents, we will work more closely with the school (management/board), to ensure necessary measures are put in place to prevent a reoccurrence of this unfortunate incident and stamp out bulling in any form from the school.

We will also continue to appeal to parents through all available means to show more interest in what their children do and who they associate with in school and at home.

We appeal to the public to see this incident as an inflection point, not only for Dowen College but also other schools in Nigeria as recent events have shown that bulling, molestation, and other vices among students are common in our schools.

Therefore, we rely on the authority for justice regardless of the social status of whoever is involved.

Dowen college parents need this more as we are currently in a fix and our children are traumatized.

What happened to Sylvester could have happened to any other child in the school. To many of the traumatized students, Sylvester was a classmate, a roommate, a schoolmate, or a friend.

We therefore earnestly ask for a resolution that will bring some relief to the bereaved family, other parents, students of Dowen College and the public.

These should include a change of the school management and hostel teachers, installation of CCTV cameras in all strategic places and overhauling of the school security system.

The Parents’ Forum is organising a Candle Light event. Details which are as follow:

Wednesday, December 8th, 2021

Time: 6pm

Venue: Dowen College,

18, Adebayo Doherty Rd,

Lekki, Lagos.

The lighting of candles is to pay tribute to a life ‘passed’ and keeping the light burning signifies that the memory still lives on and burns bright.

The Candle light no doubt shall promotes reflection and signifies remembrance of a life cut short in his infancy.

We pray that the Almighty God shall comfort the Oromoni’s family during  this trying period.

eSigned : Parents Forum

  1. Aituaz Kola-Oladejo(08033080471)
  2. Waheed Adeoye(08034743505)
  3. Oluwaseun Bolanle Ajila(08033645554)
  4. Kingsley Kema Agu(08023115436)