Michael Kashamu, one of the sons of late politician, Senator Buruji Kashamu, Dowen College and others have been indicted by the Nigeria Police Force over the death of 12-year-old pupil, Sylvester Oromoni, who died under mysterious circumstances in 2021.
According to SaharaReporters, the report signed by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Fayoade Adegoke, of the Lagos State Police Criminal Investigation Department indicted other students – Kenneth Inyang, Favour Benjamin, Ansel Temile and Edward Begue.
Dowen College management, three staff members – Valentine Igbokwe Eze, Ahmed Bariyu and Adesanya Olusesan, were also accused of negligence.
“That the prime suspects are one Michael Kashamu ‘m’ 15 years, Kenneth Inyang ‘m’ 15 years, Favour Benjamin ‘m’ 16 years, Ansel Temile ‘m’ 14 years, Edward Begue ‘m’ 16 years, Valentine Igbokwe Eze ‘m’ 45 years, Ahmed Bariyu ‘m’ 52 years and Adesanya Olusesan ‘m’ 42 years.
“That sometimes in the past, before the death of the deceased, Sylvester Oromoni (jnr) ‘m’, there was an incident whereby Favour Benjamin ‘m’ beat the deceased for disclosing to his sister, Amanda Oromoni ‘f’ how he was forced to describe his sister’s private part. The incident was not given attention by the school authority.
“That Torilla Wilson ‘m’ stated that Favour Benjamin ‘m’, Michael Kashamu ‘m’ and Ansel Temile ‘m’ took the deceased to the third floor to prevent students on the second floor from witnessing how the deceased was being bullied and beaten. However, there is no concrete evidence to back up the claim.
“In addition, from the records, one of the suspects, Edward, was issued a letter of working suspension by the school authority dated 23/05/2019 for inappropriate behavior, to clean his classroom on May 23, 2021 for eating popcorn while a teacher was in class and eventually spat some on the teacher.
“That equally, another suspect, Kasamu Michael, was issued a letter of suspension by the school authority, dated March 5, 2019 from school between for bullying and physically assaulting a fellow student, one Okeke, who has since left the school.”
The police report further revealed how the suspects and other students constituted themselves into a clique that bullied and intimidated fellow students in the school.
“It is evidently clear that some group of students constituted themselves into a clique that bullies and intimidates fellow students in the school. A glaring example is Michael Kashamu ‘m’ and ‘Edward Bague ‘m’, who were earlier reprimanded for bullying other students.
“The three house masters, Valentine Igbokwe Eze ‘m’ 45 years, Ahmed Bariyu ‘m’ 52 years and Adesanya Olusesan ‘m’ 42 years failed to take decisive action when cases of inappropriate behaviour were reported to them.”
WITHIN NIGERIA recalls that the deceased’s cousin, Perry Oromoni, has taken to social media to alleged that some senior pupils of the college beat him up in his hostel room for refusing to join a cult.
But the school denied the claim, stating that the boy complained of pain in his legs and hip following an injury he sustained while playing football.
The Lagos State Government shut down the school indefinitely to ensure thorough investigation.
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