Nigerians outraged over death of a boy at a boarding school

Following the death of a 12-year-old boarding school student in Nigeria, more than 180,000 people have signed petitions demanding justice.

Sylvester Oromoni’s family accuses five of his classmates at Dowen College in Lagos of torturing him because he refused to join a cult.

Many Nigerians have been outraged by his death, and the school has been closed indefinitely.

The boy died as a result of injuries sustained while playing football, according to Dowen College.

“Preliminary inquiry found that there had been no fighting, bullying, and any other type of attack on the boy,” as per the report.

“All I want is justice,” Sylvester Oromoni Senior, Sylvester’s father, told BBC News Pidgin. He disagrees with the school’s version of events.

Another member of the family, Sylvester’s cousin, has provided his version of events. He claimed on Twitter that five boys approached Sylvester, locked him in his hostel, and gave him a chemical to drink – none of which has been confirmed by police, who say they are still investigating.

Whereas police investigate, Sylvester’s father has would want Dowen College to turn over the students he claims to believe assaulted his son.

Several petitions have been circulated online, urging authorities to prosecute those responsible for Sylvester Oromoni’s death and bring justice to his family.

Since last week, the hashtag #JusticeForSylvester has been trending on social media, and a WhatsApp group has been formed for the same purpose.

Source BBC
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