The management of Dowen College, Lagos, has urged members of the public to refrain from disseminating false information about the institution following the death of Sylvester Oromoni, Jr., one of its students, on November 30, 2021, in dubious circumstances.
The school administrators said in a statement posted on Monday, January 10, that the public should let late Sylvester’s soul rest in peace. The school administration stated that they have chosen to remain silent since Oromoni’s death in order for experts, law enforcement agencies, the government, and medical authorities, among others, to do their jobs and uncover the truth about the incident.
The statement read;
“At this point, we respectfully request that all those who have consistently, misguidedly and maliciously pushed false information should desist immediately and allow our dear Sylvester’s soul rest peacefully in our Lord’s arms.
The longstanding integrity, values and processes the school worked tirelessly to maintain over the past 24 years were unfairly called to question and dragged through the mud since.”
The results of the autopsy on the dead, according to school officials, revealed that there was “no bodily harm, no intoxication, but rather that the young boy suffered and died of pre-existing health conditions that had not been treated.”
“Today the truth wins, our faith wins and our integrity wins. We pray that no school or organisation ever has to experience what we have been going through.” the statement read in part
Last Monday, Hakeem Odumosu, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, gave a news conference in which he stated that the two autopsies performed on late Sylvester’s body indicated that he died of natural causes.
The deceased’s family, on the other hand, disagrees. They claim that soon before his death, the dead indicated the names of five classmates who had attacked him and forced him to drink something. According to the family’s lawyer, Femi Falana, the late Sylvester experienced acute lung injury as a result of chemical intoxication, according to the first autopsy.