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Nigerians Pay Tribute To Dowen College Student Assaulted By Schoolmates As Family Marks Posthumous Birthday

December 5, 2021

Oromoni was allegedly beaten and given an unknown liquid substance to drink for refusing to join a cult gang.

Nigerians on Saturday took to various social media platforms to pay tribute to 12-year-old

Sylvester Oromoni, a student of Dowen College, Lagos, who died from injuries sustained during an assault on him by some of his schoolmates.


Oromoni was allegedly beaten and given an unknown liquid substance to drink for refusing to join a cult gang.

The boy died days after that incident, sparking rage and condemnation from around the country.

Despite the boy's death, his parents and other family members on Saturday marked his birthday.

According to them, it was the best way to honour him and keep his memories alive 

The move by the family caught the attention of Nigerians, who have continued to offer words of support to the victim's parents over his demise.

A Facebook user named Azubuike Chinenye while reacting to the development said, "This is heart-wrenching, universe please console this family."

Another Facebook user named Rachael Ben, said, "All we need is to pray for them, the family is going through a lot.

"God will surely figure out anyone responsible for his death."

Cyprian Ginika in his post on Facebook wrote, "Your killers didn't allow you to celebrate your birthday but heaven will always celebrate you. Rest in peace."

Anna Hilda in her own submission on the social networking platform said, "Behind the smile there is a deep pain. May God comfort the family. Happy birthday boy. Continue to rest well."

Abosede Mosunmola in her post said, "Happy birthday boy! Heaven rejoices over you for being faithful to God and your family until death. You'll forever be remembered Sylvester. Happy posthumous birthday."

Obiorah Josiah Ibezim, also a Facebook user, wrote, "I love this spiritual exercise. May his soul continue to rest in peace. 

"As for his killers, they will all end up like Judas Iscariot."

Margaret Nwizu in her post wrote, "This is so heartbreaking. God please console this family. They might act to look strong outwardly but deep down it's untold pain. Only You Lord can heal. Heal them Lord."

Family member of the late 12-year-old Dowen pupil also paid tribute to him in various social media posts.

His mother, Annabel Oromoni, on Twitter wrote, “Happy birthday my sweet baby. We love you and I’m so happy you knew and felt our love. 

"Heaven couldn’t wait and I’m glad you are no longer in pain. My sweet boy, you were the epitome of joy and that’s how we remember you."

The victim's sister named Amira in her post said, “This is not a heartbreaking post but a celebratory one. 

"My baby left me couple of days to his birthday but I accepted that God has a reason for even taking my daboyy during his birthday week because he wanted him to still be celebrated even in his absence and that's why I am writing this.

“I love my baby and I am happy the pain is over. I am a 16-year-old that lost my only younger brother but I know God has provided me with a new reason to live life happily with my eight siblings instead of nine. Heavenly birthday my baby boy."

The police in Lagos on Saturday announced that it had launched an investigation into the cause of Oromoni's death.

This comes after the Lagos State Government ordered the closure of Dowen College until further notice over the incident.