The family of 12-year-old Dowen College student, the late Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, has announced January 27, 2024 as the date for his funeral.
Oromoni, Jr. died of complications from injuries sustained from an attack by a group of five senior students for allegedly refusing to join a cult group at the school.
But the school denied the claim, saying the boy complained of pain in his legs and hip after an injury he suffered while playing football. The Lagos State Government had closed the school indefinitely to ensure a thorough investigation.
Following Sylvester's unfortunate death, a coroner's inquiry into his death was initiated by the Lagos State Government and the inquest report is expected to be made public on April 12, 2024.
A statement released by the family on Monday, January 22 reads:
“As a family grappling with the deep grief brought about by this inexplicable loss, we have chosen to bid farewell to Sylvester on Saturday, January 27, 2024, with the last rites at Ogbe-Ijaw Warri Kingdom, Delta State.
Exactly two years ago, precisely on November 30, 2021, the death of our 12-year-old son, Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a student of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos State, after he was tortured to death by some senior students who wanted to initiate him into a cult group and till date we as a family have still not gotten justice in this case.
Born on December 4, 2009, Sylvester met a devastating end on November 30, 2021, succumbing to injuries sustained during a harrowing attack by fellow students.
Before his untimely death, Sylvester was known for his exceptional intellect and maturity beyond his years. He was a young mind brimming with potential, showing remarkable initiative and an extraordinary sense of humor, which endeared him to those who were fortunate enough to cross paths with him. Sylvester's insatiable passion for knowledge, especially in the fields of computer science, programming, electrical sciences, and his special interest in football set him apart.
His absence has left an irreplaceable void in our lives as a family and in the lives of those he holds dear, and his legacy will live on through the indelible memories of the profound impact he made on those around him.
As we continue to mourn our son, as a family we implore everyone to honor Sylvester's memory by reflecting on the bright spirit that enriched their lives and celebrating the intellect that radiated from his young mind. As the community mourns the loss of this promising scientist, we will continue to demand justice for our beloved son, who was murdered in cold blood by fellow students,” the statement said.