The Country Director of Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, Chief (Comrade) Sheriff Mulade has condemned the killing of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr, the son of Hon. Sylvester Oromoni, Chairman Delta State Environmental Task Force.
Chief Mulade said the perpetrators of the dastardly act should be brought to book, and the school authority held responsible for whatever activities or acts carried out by students in the school premises.
According to Chief Mulade, it is shameful and unbelievable for the school authority to claim innocence of such an evil done to an innocent child of 12 years by his fellow students within the school premises. He expressed sadness over the rise in the spate of cultism among school children, especially those at the secondary level, and the sudden death of Sylvester Oromoni Jnr.
Speaking further, Chief Mulade said the Federal and State Governments should rise up to the occasion and check the upsurge in cultism in all Nigerian schools, especially in public secondary schools.
He said the Center for Peace and Environmental Justice, CEPEJ, an NGO, had been advocating against cultism and violence in schools through regular school awareness programmes at the beginning of each school session. He said CEPEJ also established Peace and Environment Clubs, PEC, in secondary schools in Delta, Bayelsa, Niger and Kano States, as well as Abuja, FCT.
Comrade Mulade noted that if the government could do same, it would help to eradicate cultism in schools, adding that offenders should be punished to serve as a deterrent to others.
He also called on the Lagos State Government to close down Dowen College in Lekki where the murder took place, and arrest all those involved, including those in authority, for the sake of justice, to placate the Oromoni family.
He then condoled the Oromoni family and prayed God to protect, guide, and grant them the fortitude to bear the great and irreparable loss.