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Dowen College: Police arrest two students, Reps want IG to take over case


The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, on Tuesday, said two of the students allegedly named by a deceased student of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos State, Sylvester Oromoni (Junior), have been arrested.

Odumosu noted that another student and three house masters were also assisting the police with investigation.

He said, “One student was invited and two arrested; they are three, so one is assisting us. We just started the investigation. We have two in detention, while the other one is just a witness to throw some light on what happened.

“We are discussing with the family on autopsy; we can’t do autopsy without the family; we can’t do autopsy without the school authority representative too. We can’t do autopsy without the representative of the parents of students being alleged; we need to be fair to everybody, so there is an arrangement to carry out autopsy with every stakeholder in attendance.”

PUNCH Metro also learnt that the police invited the parents of the deceased student for a meeting on Wednesday to aid the ongoing investigation.

The news of Sylvester’s death went viral last Wednesday following a social media post by his cousin, Perry Oromoni, who alleged that some senior pupils of the college beat him up in his hostel because he refused to join a cult.

He also said the victim named five of them before his death.

But the school denied the claim, saying Sylvester complained of leg pains following an injury he sustained while playing football.

The state government, on Friday, ordered the indefinite closure of the school pending the outcome of an investigation into the matter.

Officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Education stormed the school in the early hours of Sunday and sealed the premises.