Oromoni: Dowen College Principal Weeps At Coroner Inquest
Oromoni: Dowen College Principal Weeps At Coroner Inquest

Dowen College has appealed to individuals who have continued to propagate harmful information about it following the death of its student, Sylvester Oromoni (Jnr) saying, “allow our dear Sylvester’s spirit to rest peacefully in our Lord’s arms.”

Following the publication of two autopsy findings exonerating five of the school’s kids and five workers related to the 12-year-death old’s on November 30, the school issued a statement.

It said that it kept quiet for six weeks after the “tragic event” because it wanted specialists, including law enforcement agencies, the government, and medical authorities, to perform their duties and uncover the truth.

The school expressed sadness for Oromoni’s death in a statement, saying that the institution’s long-standing integrity, ideals, and practices, which it had worked hard to uphold for the previous 24 years, had been unfairly brought into doubt and dragged through the dirt.

“On November 30, the Dowen College family was notified we had lost one of our own: Sylvester Oromoni,” the school wrote, recalling the events of the previous six weeks. Sylvester was the fourth member of his family to attend Dowen College, and his death stunned the whole student body.

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“Unfortunately, before we could grasp and process the reality of losing him, the school was met with a public outburst; accusing five of our students of bullying, poisoning and cultism.

“The authorities directed that an autopsy be conducted. After that, the report revealed that there was no bodily harm, no intoxication, but rather that the young boy suffered and died of pre-existing health conditions that had not been treated.”

The school added: “At present, the truth wins, our faith wins and our integrity wins. We pray that no school or organisation ever has to experience what we have been going through.

“We have maintained in our hearts and minds that compassion must override the instinct to defend ourselves, despite being tried viciously in the court of public opinion and social media. Our focus has been to work with the authorities in uncovering the whole truth regarding this matter and that is where our efforts have been.

“In the course of submitting ourselves to the investigations of the authorities, we have also kept silent and not assigned any blame to the accused children because we believe we must let the experts do their job and that they remain innocent until proven guilty, especially since our own preliminary investigations did not reveal their complicity in any untoward conduct.”

“These health conditions cannot be fabricated or doctored. If there were contributory injuries from any bodily harm, they would have been presented and stated. Dowen College is not covering up anything for any student or family.”

The statement added: “At this point, we respectfully request that all those who have consistently, misguidedly and maliciously pushed false information should cease and desist immediately and allow our dear Sylvester’s soul rest peacefully in our Lord’s arms.”


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