Dowen School authorities have released a statement refuting the allegations that 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni was murdered by a cult group that he refused to join in the school.
On Wednesday, Perrison Oromoni, a relative of the deceased, announced his death on his Twitter account.
He said the 12-year-old died on Tuesday after a series of tests and X-rays proved he had suffered internal damage as a result of the abuse.
Oromoni said that for declining to join the fraternity, Sylvester was allegedly assaulted by members of the cult group, whom he identified as students of the college before his death.
“Before his passing, he said they had been pressuring him to join a cult group… He said they were going to kill him if he talked.”
He said: “Anybody that can kill me should kill me now. My brother won’t die for nothing, Anslem Temile, Michael Kashamu, and Benjamin Favour and Dowen college, just know he called your names before he died.”
Following the incident, he was brought to a Lagos hospital on Friday and was pronounced dead on Tuesday.
However, Dowen College, which contacted the family, stated that his injuries occurred while playing football.
They said investigations commenced immediately after the news circulated on social media. They also stated that the students mentioned in the tweet were invited for interviews and that Sylvester’s guardian was also present during some of the investigations.
Read the full statement from the school in the photos below.