Three students from Dowen College in the Lekki area of Lagos State, according to the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, are currently in police custody for allegedly beating 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni.
Odumosu also said two other students from the school implicated in the assault are now at large. He added that those in police custody are assisting the Command with information on how to trace them.
The school principal, housemasters, and other officials of the Lekki-based school are also aiding the police with information, according to the Lagos CP, as the Command launches a full-scale investigation into the circumstances surrounding Oromoni’s death.
Father of Sylvester Oromoni claimed his son died as a result of injuries sustained during an assault by five of his classmates who sought to initiate him into cultism, but the school said he died as a result of an injury sustained during a football game.
On Tuesday, news of the detention of three of the pupils accused of tormenting the deceased youngster began to circulate.
“It is true,” the Lagos CP said in a phone chat on Tuesday when asked if three of the students were in police custody.
He further explained, “It is still an allegation until we conduct our investigation. We just started full investigation yesterday (Monday). Two out of those mentioned in the viral video are at large while three of the students are helping us to get others.”
“I am in contact with my counterpart in Delta State. I spoke with the parents yesterday, we are perfecting everything scientifically,” Odumosu added.