Over 115,000 thousand persons have signed two petitions on the change.org platform, demanding prosecution of culprits responsible for the the death of 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Sylvester Oromoni.
The first petition, by a family member of the deceased, Timi Oromoni, titled: ‘Justice For Sylvester Oromoni Jnr’, has attracted over 65,000 signatures as of 1 pm on Sunday.
It partly read: “On Tuesday 30/11/2021, we lost our brother, 12 years old Sylvester Oromoni Jnr. He was taken from us in the most gruesome of manners and beaten by five senior boys in his hostel in Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos state. The students are from influential families and the school is trying to bury the case.
“Sign and help us find justice for Sylvester Oromoni Jnr. It’s our fight. He could be your son, your brother, your cousin. #justiceforsylvester”
Also, the second petition started by The Irede Foundation, with the title: ‘We Want Justice For Sylvester’, has attracted over 50,000 signatures.
The petition reads in part: “We need the police to act immediately and investigate the circumstances and events that led to his death. We’re asking the Lagos Commissioner for Education, Folashade Adefisayo and officials of the Lagos State Universal Education Board, and the Federal Ministry of Education to probe allegations of bullying and negligence.
“We’re asking for a thorough and transparent investigation and prosecution of those found to be culpable in this tragic incident.
“Justice must be served and seen to be served for 12-year-old Sylvester and his family.”
The Commissioner of Police in Lagos told Channels on Sunday, that the Homicide Section of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department (SCID), Panti, has been directed to take over the case from the Maroko division.