Dowen College breaks the wall of silence after the students and houseparents involved were arrested
The administration of Dowen College, Lagos has released another statement on the investigation of the demise of one of its students, 11-year-old Sylvester Oromoni.
The principal of the school in a statement addressed to parents, uncovered that five of its students and three hostel parents have been arrested but that this was not an affirmation of culpability or bad behaviour.
Dowen College’s administration referenced that a post-mortem examination will be done in Lagos with its pathologists present as a component of the investigation interaction.
The principal likewise mentioned that after the first investigation, the Ministry of Education will allow the school to have a timeline for next term.
The statement read:
“Dear Parents/Guardians As we continue to commiserate with the entire Oromoni family, we also extend our condolences to our students, parents, staff and indeed the entire Dowen College family on the demise of our beloved son Slyvester.
“We would also like you to know that we are working together with the relevant authorities and the Oromoni family to ensure that justice is seen and served in this matter.
We understand and appreciate the anxiety and support. We plan to do all needed to ensure that education and future of our dear children is not mortgaged.
Investigations are moving along and we would continue to work with all the relevant authorities;-
1) So far all five of the children suspected have been remanded in custody as well as the three hostel parents. Please note this is NOT an admission of guilt or wrongdoing but part of their process.
2) The school and members of the Oromoni family have met cordially with the Commissioner of Police to discuss the matter and the way forward.
3) There will be an autopsy in Lagos and the school will have its own pathologist present as well. We pray that following the preliminary investigations the Ministry of Education will let us have a timeline for next term.”
The principal added that the Board of Governors of Dowen College is likewise able to meet with representatives of guardians for conversations at the suitable time.
The administration noticed that Dowen College is modifying and fortifying its Health and Safety Policies and methodology to shorten any future repeat of comparable alleged incident.
“We will re-educate and reinforce culture and discipline and review our reporting and disciplinary procedures and sanctions for increased safety and accountability.
Going forward it will not be business as usual. We solicit for your continued prayers, patience and understanding,” the statement read.