The family of Michael Adewale Kashamu, one of the Dowen College students accused of torturing 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni Jr, has reacted to the allegations.
It should be recalled that The News Beam had earlier reported that Sylvester had died after being allegedly tortured at the school premises by cultists for his refusal to join the fraternity.
The family confirmed that Michael Kashamu is the son of the late Senator Buruji Kashamu who represented Ogun East in the 8th National Assembly.
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It was further disclosed that Micheal has continued to deny late Sylvester’s claims of being a bully and as such the public shouldn’t jump to conclusions but wait for the outcome of investigations by the police.
The family also explained that their son, Micheal is a compassionate young boy who is only concerned with his studies at school.
The statement read in part, “The Kashamu family has been inundated with enquiries, calls, and messages over the unfortunate incident at Dowen College, Lekki, Lagos, which led to the untimely death of Sylvester Oromoni, a 12-year-old student of the College.
“While we empathize and commiserate with the family of the late Sylvester Oromoni over the irreplaceable loss, we wish to appeal to all and sundry to hold their horses until the Police and the Lagos State government have completed their independent investigations and established the truth.
“Most commentators have rushed to conclusions based on assumptions and false information, including the allegation that our son Adewale Michael Kashamu was in any way involved in the bullying or beating of Sylvester Oromoni.
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“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.
“Some of the true facts now slowly emerging from under the mass of lies are that: 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.”