Oromoni’s Death: More Parents Withdraw Children From Dowen College As School’s Closure Persists

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A  growing number of students of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, are being withdrawn from the school by their parents.

This comes as an order for the indefinite closure of the school by the Lagos State Government remains in place more than two months after that directive was given.

The college was ordered closed on December 3, 2021, following the death of a 12-year-old pupil, Sylvester Oromoni, in controversial circumstances on November 30, 2021.

The junior secondary school pupil was said to have been assaulted by bullies in the college and allegedly forcibly fed an unknown liquid substance, which affected his health and eventually led to his death.

The development sparked outrage across Nigeria with various groups including parents of Dowen students embarking on protests to demand justice for the late Oromoni.

While the college remains closed, parents, concerned about the future of their children, have been withdrawing their wards and enrolling them in other schools.

Some of the parents, who spoke with SaharaReporters on Tuesday, disclosed that they had to act to save the children from further falling behind in their studies.

“We waited for close to two months to see if the issues on the ground will be resolved and the school reopened for learning before deciding to pull out our kids.

“My wife and I strongly feel that there is no need to continue to keep the children at home when they could equally get quality education elsewhere.

“The fact that we waited this long to withdraw our children from Dowen shows how much confidence we have in the school but in the face of present reality, we had to act for the sake of the kids’ future,” a former executive member of the parents’ association of Dowen College said on Tuesday morning.

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