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Dowen College: Niger Delta Youths Protest, Warn against Monday Reopening


Following Wednesday’s clearance of 10 students and staff of Dowen College by the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) of their involvement in the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni, some Niger Delta youths yesterday stormed the school in protest.

Clad in white shirts with inscriptions on it, the group issued an ultimatum to the school, warning that it must not open on Monday, else they would strongly resist it.

According to them, the school cannot resume like other schools in the state when justice was yet to be served.

Following legal advice of the DPP, the Lagos State government had cleared five students which included 16-year-old Favour Benjamin, 15-year-old Micheal Kashamu, 16-year-old Edward Begue, 14-year-old Ansel Temile and 15-year-old Kenneth Inyang.

Also cleared were five members of staff: Celina Uduak, Valentine Igboekweze, Hammed Ayomo Bariyu, Adesanya Olusesan Olusegun and one Adeyemi.

The autopsy and toxicology reports of post-mortem samples established the cause of death as Septicaemia, Lobar Pneumonia with Acute Pyelonephritis, Pyomyositis of the right ankle and Acute Bacteria Pneumonia due to severe Sepsis.

According to the youths, they were there to express their anger and grievances with the, “fake and corrupt report released by the Lagos State Director of Public Prosecution that this school where cultists are being trained is cleared.

“They cleared the same people that killed our son without trial, without concluded investigation; they said they cleared this school to open.

“If they open this school, the whole Ijaw nation will come here, let them try it and see, if they open this school on Monday, the whole Ijaw nation will come, we will come with our school bags, feeding bottles and join them here.

“Let them bring armoured tanks here, we have the capacity. If they refuse to give us justice, this school will not be open. Continue Reading


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