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LASG: Dowen College to remain shut while other schools resume

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According to government officials, Dowen College, a secondary school in Lagos State’s Lekki district, will not reopen on Tuesday.

This is coming as other private elementary and secondary schools in Lagos prepare to reopen on Tuesday, January 4, for the start of the second term.

According to Premium Times, government sources stated that the school will not be allowed to reopen until the investigation into the unfortunate death of one of its students, Sylvester Oromoni Junior, has reached a logical conclusion.

Oromoni was allegedly abused and made to drink a poisonous substance by some seniors.

The government advised school administrators to strengthen school safety procedures and prevent unfavourable safety incidents in schools and their nearby neighbourhoods.

Ganiu Lawal, an assistant director in charge of the ministry of education’s public affairs branch, said in an interview that the school would soon join others in resuming operations, but “not until ongoing investigations into the unfortunate incident reach an advanced stage.”

According to Lawal, “it would be ideal for all “t’s” to be crossed and “I’s” to be dotted because the case was not simply a state concern but also with the involvement of the police and other parties.”

“But I can assure you that very soon the issue will be resolved, but they are not resuming tomorrow,” Lawal said.

“Devise appropriate strategies to advance teacher, student interaction in order to gain an insight and expose negative tendencies before they metamorphose into unfortunate situations.

Adequate monitoring, especially as it affects boarding school students should be enforced to prevent the incidence of bullying and all other vices,” the commissioner advised.

Sylvester, who was a 12-year-old JSS 2 student at the school, died under controversial circumstances on November 30, 2021.

The school’s administration stated that the boy died as a result of a leg injury.

However, the family revealed that their son had been beaten by bullies and had a substance shoved down his throat.

Meanwhile, an autopsy performed at the Central Hospital in Warri by Consultant Pathologist Dr Clement Vhriterhire ruled that Sylvester died of “acute lung injury due to chemical intoxication in a background of blunt force trauma.”

Afterwards, the student’s body was transported to Lagos, and a new autopsy was ordered by the police.

So far, the Lagos State Police Command has freed the housemaster and another Dowen College employee who were arrested in connection with the death of the student.

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