Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old student at Dowen College in Lagos, was murdered, sparking anger among Nigerian celebrities, who are seeking justice for the boy.
Oromoni was bullied and beaten by her classmates, according to reports. Sylvester Oromoni died as a consequence of his alleged beating injuries, according to a Twitter user with the handle @perrisonoromoni, who claimed to be the child’s cousin.
However, in a statement made on Wednesday, the school denied all claims, stating that Oromoni was not bullied or abused and just complained of hip pain after playing football.
In contrast to the school’s allegation, the victim’s cousin submitted photographs and video evidence verifying the boy’s suffering and battering, which culminated in his death.
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has ordered the school to be closed indefinitely pending the results of an inquiry into the student’s death.
Following the closure, Nollywood star, Kanayo O. Kanayo has told the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, that shutting down the school is not enough.
The actor made this call in a video which he captioned, “Dowen college must pay for this #justiceforsylvester.”
In the video, he said, “The Governor of Lagos State, our own dear Babajide Sanwo-Olu. After the EndSARS protest and report, you have another challenge on your hands.
“The case of the 12-year-old Sylvester – your son – cannot be swept under the carpet. It is not enough to shut down the school.
“Do not – Your Excellency – Do not allow people take laws into your hands. It’s something that should be brought to book immediately. Thank you, Your Excellency.”
Still referring to the closure, actress Mary Lazarus said the next step would be to fish out the parents of the students involved in the act.
She said, “Next step: Fish out the parents of the students involved in the act. They must provide their children. If true that two of the accused have been flown out by their parents, they can be repatriated.
“Treat their parents specially because they are as evil as their children. They are the real culprits.#lettheinvestigationbegin #justiceforsylvester”
Celebrities like Mercy Johnson, Tonto Dikeh, and others have also demanded justice for the late child.
Other celebrities who have also lent their voice include Rachel Okonkwo, Comedian Lepacious Bose, Mike Ezuruonye, Ayoola Ayolola, Burna Boy, Davido, amongst others.