…Tonto Dikeh, Mercy Johnson, Others Demand Justice
The Lagos State Government has ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College, located in the Lekki area of the state.
This is pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a student of the school.
The announcement was contained in a statement signed on Friday by the Assistant Director, Public Affairs, of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, Ganiu Lawal.
The statement added that the Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo announced the closure of the school after a meeting with the School Management and Staff.
The Commissioner also called for calm, saying no effort will be spared in getting to the root of the incident.
The statement read, “The Lagos State Government has ordered the indefinite closure of Dowen College, Lekki, pending the outcome of an investigation into the death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, a student of the school.
“Commissioner for Education Mrs. Folasade Adefisayo announced the closure after a meeting with the School Management and Staff.
“The Commissioner called for calm, saying no effort will be spared in getting to the root of the incident.”
Meanwhile, the death of a 12-year-old student, Sylvester Oromoni, of Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos has sparked agitations from Nigerian celebrities, as they demand justice for the child.
Reports had emerged that Oromoni was bullied and beaten by fellow students. The supposed injuries from the beating led to his death, according to a Twitter user with the handle @perrisonoromoni, who claimed to be the boy’s cousin.
However, in a statement on Wednesday, the school denied all allegations stating that Oromoni was neither bullied nor beaten but only complained of hip pain after playing football.
Contrary to the school’s statement, the victim’s cousin rolled out photos and video evidence, which corroborates the fact that the child was bullied and beaten; an activity that led to his death.
Reacting to the incident, Tonto Dikeh said, “Dear Dowen college, I have been informed. I’m just gathering all the facts and history of this misfortune together then we will talk. Don’t go nowhere. Our children can’t go to school to be great and end up 6feet below. God forbid. That’s not why we trust schools.”
“I could not bring myself to post the video, I haven’t even been able to watch it twice. I can’t imagine the pain this child felt, I cannot imagine. Sylvester’s life cannot be in vain, he cannot go like that,” actress Mercy Johnson-Okojie said, as this occurrence comes two months after her daughter, Purity, faced bullying in school.
Calling on the government, actress Toyin Abraham said, “How do you beat a child to the point of death? How do you wake up to the reality that the ‘living’ child you sent to school is returning to you as a corpse?
“Governor Sanwoolu @jidesanwoolu @lasgeducation please do the needful. People need to start talking. Dowen College needs to do better than that terse release.”
Reality TV star, Alexandra Asogwa, popularly known as Alex unusual wrote to Dowen college, “I tried to hold it in but I might explode if I don’t ask questions. It’s no news that bullying has been accommodated as one of the inevitable happenings in schools.
“As disgusting as this is, I chose to say that if proper measures are taken daily, bullying won’t be a case. That being noted, please what happened to Sylvester Oromoni?”
On-Air personality, Morayo Afolabi-Brown, said, “The truth is, this has got to be one of the most heartbreaking stories we are going to tackle. We waited to hear from all sides so we can have a robust conversation.
“There are so many angles to this story: bullying, private school administration, first-aid, healthcare delivery, and parenting a bully. Can’t wait to have this show on Monday.”
Other celebrities who have demanded justice for the child include actresses like Funke Akindele, Mary Njoku, Nkechi Blessing, Chioma Ifemeludike, Doris Ogala, amongst others.
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2023: Peter Obi Blows Hot, Insists He’s Not Desperate To Be President
…I’m Not A Saint, But Go And Check My Records, Ex-Anambra Gov Blasts Wike Over Integrity ‘Attack’
Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, on Friday said he is not desperate to be President.
Mr Obi made the comment while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
According to Mr Obi, he left the Peoples Democratic Party for the Labour Party because the former did no longer align with his political values.
“I’m not desperate to be President or anything,” he said. “I’m desperate to see Nigeria work. Especially for the youths of this country.
“I’ve moved to where I think the process might allow me.
He also retorted that no one can question his integrity over management of public funds/office as he did his best and the records show it.
Obi in a statement on Friday submitted that leaving the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) does not bring his integrity into question or disrepute in any form.
Obi made the submission as a response to Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike who had earlier on Thursday during a TV interview stated that Obi’s decision to dump the PDP a few days to the presidential primaries shows a lack of character and integrity.
But replying Wike’s statement, Obi during an interview on Channels Television Politics Today on Friday said his only offence while in office was refusing to mismanage public funds, hence no one can call him out for lack of integrity.
Obi added that even when has was offered some ‘juicy packages’ while in office, he rejected them and opted to live within his means.
According to him, the politics of sharing money has never been a part of him.
“Wike talks about the issue of integrity. He said my leaving the PDP questioned my integrity, I don’t know how that came about. When we talk about integrity, we talk about it in the management of public assets.
“That is what we should be talking about in this country and when such things are mentioned about me, I feel maybe there is something missing somehow. Go and check my record as a governor, I was impeached for three reasons, one, my office had an approved budget for renovation for N298m and I renovated everything with N43,2m.
“My lodge, to renovate where I live, I got a budget of N486m, I did everything with N81m. Number three is that I was saving money without the approval of the House. From day one I said we must save money, for 8 years I was governor, go and ask any contractor that sat with me whether I inflated any contract,” Obi declared.
He added that the evidence of his integrity and character in managing public funds is the N75 billion he left behind when he left office after eight years as Governor.
“When I left office, I left N75bn as at that time because it is public money and I am managing it on public trust. For me when you talk about integrity, it questions your management of public funds and resources.
“Go to Anambra State today, I have no land given to me by the Anambra State Government, My managing director of my housing authority, Mike Nwafor, is still alive, he gave me land and two houses and I rejected them. Nobody has ever seen me in my political life sharing money at any time. I am not saying I am a saint, but I did things which I believe were right,” Obi added.
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JUST IN: APC Postpones Presidential Primaries To June 6-7
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has postponed its presidential primary election to Friday, June 6 and Saturday, 7.
The APC announced the postponement after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday evening bowed to pressure by political parties to extend the dates for the conduct of primary elections.
INEC in a statement on Friday, extended the dates for primaries by six days.
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I’ll Have Up To 12 Wives Before 40, Singer, Portable Brags Amid Headies Saga
Habeeb Okikiola, the fast-rising Nigerian singer better known as Portable, says he would have up to 12 wives before he clocks 40.
The 27-year-old controversial musician spoke in a video shared via his Instagram page on Friday.
In the video, Portable boasted that he currently has six wives even though he is still below 30.
“I never reach 30, I don get six wives and plenty children. Before I reach 40, my housewives would be up to a dozen (12). I am not 30 and I already have six. I just want to inform you so you would be aware,” he said in a mixture of English and Pidgin.
Portable came into the limelight towards the end of 2021 on the back of his hit track ‘Zazoo Zeh’ featuring Olamide, the rapper, and Poco Lee, the dancer.
He was recently nominated for the ‘Rookie of the Year’ and ‘Best Street-Hop Artiste’ categories at the 2022 edition of the Headies.
While the singer has continued to enjoy fame, he has also made headlines for controversial reasons.
On Wednesday, Portable claimed his co-nominees at The Headies are no match for him. He also threatened to kill anyone who wins any of the categories in his place.
In it’s reaction, organisers of the annual awards on Friday threatened to disqualify the singer if he fails to retract his statement and issue an apology on his social media pages.
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