Mr. Oromoni, father of a 12-year-old student of Dowen College, Sylvester Oromoni, who died after being allegedly tortured at the school premises has recounted the final confessions of the deceased.
It was gathered that the deceased was allegedly assaulted by cultists for his refusal to join the fraternity.
According to his father, the bullied young boy had refused to disclose the details of the incident until a few days before his death.
Speaking with The Cable, Sylvester’s father said “Junior said, ‘mummy, I didn’t play ball; I didn’t fall.’ He jumped off his hostel bed. They kicked him, matched his waist. Other students ran off. They threatened to kill them all if they spoke a word to the school staff. They warned Junior to say he sustained injuries while playing ball. They threatened him. If you ask the roommate, they’d all lie. They matched his ribs and waist. All that pain for a 12-year-old,” he said, trailing off into a soft sob over the phone”.
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Sylvester’s dad added, “They put fear in him so much so that, when you ask him, he might keep to himself and say, ‘they will kill me’.
“This way, we didn’t know what to do. I considered removing him; reconsidered since his sisters were still in the school.
“The new incident came to my knowledge on November 21 after the school called my wife to notify us that our son was in the school clinic, injured.
“My senior son, who was to make a London trip, came to see us in Warri.
“The next day, we sent a family friend to help pick up our son since he was the only person in Lagos and take him to the hospital.
“When he got there, he panicked, pointing out that he doubts it’s a football injury as the school claimed. He said the boy couldn’t stand because his waist was bent and swollen along with one side of his belly.
“His mouth was black. I asked, ‘is this really a football injury?’ He was taken to my house in Lagos but couldn’t sleep at night.
“I asked my eldest to fly to Lagos on November 24, while I took a trip to Asaba, from where I’d also make for Lagos.
“On getting there, he screamed. ‘This is beyond football injury. Come to Lagos now,’ he told me over the phone.”