Ms Oluchi Sunday, mother of Dowen College student, Edward Brown, has denied his involvement in the alleged attack on 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni, who died in controversial circumstances.
It was gathered that the deceased’s cousin, Perry Oromoni, has taken to social media to alleged that some senior pupils of the college beat him up in his hostel room for refusing to join the court.
But the school denied the claim, stating that the boy complained of pain in his legs and hip following an injury he sustained while playing football.
The Lagos State Government had shot down the school indefinitely to ensure thorough investigation.
Officials of the Lagos State Ministry of Education stormed the school in the early hours of Sunday and sealed the premises.
Since his death made news, names of some students he reportedly called before he passed have been shared online.
Edward’s mum, Ms Oluchi Sunday, has released a statement denying her son’s involvement in the unfortunate incident.
According to her, Edward is a day student and wasn’t on the school premises on the day Sylvester was attacked.
Read her statement below:
“It has come to my attention that some individuals caused rumours to be peddled on social media platforms suggesting that my son Edward Brown is one of the students allegedly involved in the beating of the late Sylvester Oromoni Jr at a Dowen College hostel, which resulted in his untimely death.
“To set the record straight, I wish to bring the following facts to the public notice, which demonstrate that such rumours are false, malicious and lack any basis whatsoever.
“1. My son is a day student and has never been a boarder.
“2. Because my son is a day student, he was not on the school premises at the time when the unfortunate incident occurred, precisely on the night of 21st November, 2021, during a weekend and so, could not have been in the hostel as alleged.
“3. In a social media post made on 1st November 2021, on the deceased’s elder brother’s Instagram page, “greatoromonii”, five names, including Dowen college were mentioned before the conclusion: “… just know he called your names before he died”. My son’s name was not among those names.
“As a result of these false and malicious rumours, my son and I have been under constant attack via social media, with insults and threats being hurled at us daily. This has caused us much emotional distress and mental trauma.
“Therefore, on behalf of myself and my son, Edward Brown, I hereby demand that managers of social media and other platforms where the false and libellous rumours are circulating, immediately retract the offending posts and tender a public apology to us.
“We commiserate with the Oromini family for the tragic loss of Sylvester Oromini Jr and pray for the repose of his soul.
Ms. Oluchi SUNDAY”
This publication had reported three students, suspected to been involved in the alleged torture and beating of Sylvester for refusing to join a cult group, have been invited by the State Criminal Investigative Department (SCID), Panti, Yaba in Lagos for questioning.