Tuesday, 07 December 2021 19:41

Reps want IGP to take over Sylvester Oromoni's case

Nigeria's federal House of Representatives has asked the Inspector General of Police Usman Baba, to take over the probe of Sylvester Oromoni’s death.

Oromoni, 12, allegedly died from injuries suspected to have been inflicted by five of his school colleagues.

The Lagos State Police Command has launched an investigation into the incident, but federal lawmakers are demanding that the federal government steps in.

The lawmakers also directed the federal ministry of education to set up guidelines for the operation of boarding schools across the country.

“Some Nigerians on the social media space have been voicing out their bitter experiences with the boarding school system," offered Unyime Idem, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmaker from Akwa Ibom State.

“Social organisations have attacked the ministry of women affairs and the ministry of education over their silence and complexity on the several incidents of killings and abnormal behaviours in public schools across the country.

“The federal government should without delay, launch a national campaign. The campaign should include advocacy, public sensitisation and social mobilisation, as it will take the joint effort of government, school management and parents to curb ugly happenings in our schools,” he added.

Hon Babajide Obanikoro from Lagos said the students who allegedly molested Oromoni should be placed on a no-flight list.

“In this particular matter, there are five students involved. Their names should be placed on the no-flight list and the school, as shut down by the Lagos government, should remain shut until the investigations are over and the school is cleared of all these allegations,” he said.

The motion for federal authorities to take over the investigation was adopted, following a voice vote.



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