Dowen college speaks after the arrest of students and houseparents.
The management of Dowen College, Lagos has released a new statement on the investigation of the controversial death of one of its students, 11-year-old Sylvester Oromoni.
The school principal in a statement addressed to parents and guardians, revealed that five of its students and three hostel parents have been taken into custody but that this was, however, not an admission of guilt or wrongdoing.
Dowen College’s management mentioned that an autopsy will be carried out in Lagos with its pathologists present as part of the investigation process.
The principal also requested that following the preliminary investigations, the Ministry of Education will let the school 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 also willing to meet with representatives of parents for discussions at the appropriate time.
The management noted that Dowen College is revising and strengthening its Health and Safety Policies and procedures in order to curtail any future recurrence of similar 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.