Lagos State government has ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki , pending the outcome of investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a student of the school.
The state’s Commissioner for Education Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo announced the closure after a meeting with the school management and staff.
The commissioner called for calm, saying no effort will be spared in getting to the root of the incident of the student who died in controversial circumstances.
The government decision is contained in a press statement signed by assistant director Public Affairs of the ministry Mr Ganiu Lawal, saying it has reached out to the parents of the deceased, sending its condolences.
Adefisayo who described the incident as ”shocking” added that the state is indeed sad about the development.
The government delegation comprising top management of relevant ministries, and police had on Friday visited the school on a fact- finding mission.
“Preliminary investigations revealed that Sylvester Oromoni Junior was indeed enrolled as a student of Dowen College in its boarding facility and had been treated by the school’s medical personnel before the school requested that the parents take him away for further care.
The statement added, “Government further assured Nigerians that it is in touch with the parents in this difficult time.
“We reassure the family of the late Sylvester Oromoni Junior and Lagosians at large that efforts are being made to unravel the circumstances leading to his demise, even as we reiterate the government’s commitment to Child Protection.
It would be recalled that on Wednesday, the management of the school issued a statement claiming the deceased teenager suffered a thigh injury while playing football.
There had been public outcry especially on social media over the incident which was posted on the deceased nephew’s Facebook page on Tuesday, claiming Oromoni Junior was battered by some senior students who are cult members because Oromoni declined to yield to their request to join them.