After the uproar that met the painful death of the young 12 year old victim Sylvester Oromoni of assault and extreme bullying at the Dowen College, Lekki Lagos, one of those mentioned to have been one of the 6 assailants by the name “Adewale Michael Kashamu”, being one of the children of the late Ogun State politico by the name “Buruji Kashamu” has thought to respond to the allegations pinning him to the case through his family.
Even as he has responded, his whereabouts is still unknown.
Until Michael’s name was prominently mentioned as one of the assailants and the general populace raised hell and rain down curses on the supposed assailants, he didn’t think to respond and had kept mum!
But now in the process to try to clear his name, his family via a ‘Mutairu Kashamu’ have thought to release a statement thus:
“Since the news of the unfortunate incident broke, we have made our own private enquiries and carefully questioned our son about his involvement. This is why we did not rush out to respond to the cyber-stalking, name-calling, and negative commentaries that have taken over social media about our son’s alleged involvement in this sad incident.
“Our son, Adewale Michael Kashamu, had acted as a school father for the late Sylvester in his first session in the school at the request of Sylvester’s sister who is also a student of the school.
“However, in the 2021 session commencing in September 2021 Adewale Michael Kashamu was moved to a different floor in the boarding house, and engrossed in his own studies and activities, he was no longer as close to Sylvester as in the previous session.
“Adewale Michael Kashamu is a compassionate and considerate boy. Sometime last session, some boys had been accused of beating Sylvester with belts and seizing his foodstuff but Adewale Michael Kashamu was not involved at all. He was in fact in sympathy with Sylvester over that incident.
On that occasion, Sylvester’s parents made a report to the school and the affected students were questioned and one of them at least was suspended.
“Adewale Michael Kashamu is not aware that an identical incident occurred again this year leading to Sylvester’s injury and death.
“Adewale Michael Kashamu had seen Sylvester limping sometime late in November and (assuming he might have been injured playing football) merely empathized with him and advised him to go to the school clinic.
“Other students who knew the circumstances of Sylvester’s leg injury have all testified that he was injured whilst playing football.
“Whilst he was in school, Sylvester had no visible injury to his lips or face. Sylvester’s family has admitted that Sylvester’s swollen, blistered and bloody lips (as shown in videos and pictures, now viral on the internet) were reactions to medications given to Sylvester after he had been taken from the school by his parents.
“We feel and can relate to the pains of the Oromoni family and all those genuinely concerned about this unfortunate incident. That is why we wish to express our readiness to cooperate with the parents of the deceased, the Police, the Lagos State government, and other relevant stakeholders to get to the root of this matter so that the cause of justice will not only be served but manifestly seen to have been served.
“However, it is regrettable that of the five names that were mentioned in relation to the incident, it is only Kashamu’s name that seems to ring a bell. Consequently, the family and its late patriarch (Senator Buruji Kashamu of blessed memory) have been the butt of irresponsible, falsehood-based, and unwarranted attacks even when the full details of the incident are not yet known.
“There is no denying the fact that Adewale Michael Kashamu is one of the children of the late Senator Buruji Kashamu. But, no family or parent will send a child to school to be involved in any form of crime or criminality; just like no parent would be happy to be informed that a child he or she sent to school to learn has been molested or killed under any guise.
“That is why we wish to appeal for restraint on all sides. The cyber-bullying of our family will not help in any way to solve the bullying in schools that society through the ages has desired to stop.”
The arena of assault and bullying which led to the death of the unfortunate young man is owned by the Phillips family led by their patriarch ‘Mr. Osborne Olumide Phillips’, the father of ‘Lami Phillips Gbadamosi’, who is the Director of Student & External Affairs at the School.
Lami Phillips as she’s more popularly known, who should at least have been the “spokesperson” for the school by virtue of her designation as “Director of Student and External Affairs has kept mum. Lami is a popular actress, singer and songwriter.