Nigerian singer and songwriter, Lami Philips Gbadamosi is the daughter of Chief Olumide Philips, owner of embattled Dowen College in Lekki area of Lagos.
As his daughter, Lami is the Director of Students Affairs at the school where the 12 year old, Sylvester Oromoni was allegedly beaten to death by his seniors for not joining a cult in the school.
Oromoni Jnr. later died of complications, as a result of injuries sustained from the attack by a group of five senior colleagues.
The actress, song-writer and singer, has kept mute since Sylvester Oromoni’s death.
Her action has led to her being called out by many Nigerians and celebrities who believe she should say the truth about the circumstances that led to Sylvester’s death.
Her celebrity friends such as Omawunmi, Banky W and Adesua Etomi, Debola Williams, Tiwa Savage have all been called out also for not lending their voices to the unfortunate incident.
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Lami who was not comfortable for being called out has deleted her Instagram page while her husband, Labo Gbadamosi has kept his Instagram page under lock and key.
Recall that a few days ago, Sylvester Oromoni’s cousin, Perrison dragged Dowen college after the 12 year old boy passed on as a result of the maltreatment he got from his seniors in school.
Many celebrities such as Tonto Dikeh, Ubi Franklin, Kenneth Okonkwo, Funke Akindele-Bello and a hosts of other Celebraties have been calling for justice over the untimely death of Sylvester Oromoni.
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Meanwhile, the five students of Dowen College who were arrested by the Police in connection to the death of 12-year-old Sylvester Oromoni, have been remanded in a juvenile home.
The spokesperson of Lagos State Police Command, CSP Adekunle Ajisebutu, confirmed the development but stated that investigation into the matter is still ongoing.
Ajisebutu said: “They have not been arraigned yet. They were only remanded in a juvenile home pending the conclusion of investigation into the matter.”
Those involved won’t be spared— Buhari
Lending his voice, President Muhammadu Buhari, insisted that those involved in the dastardly act must not go unpunished.
President Buhari, who described Sylvester as one of the nation’s bright youngsters doing excellently in school, bringing joy to the family, assured that the unfortunate incident would act as a trigger leading to a permanent solution to cultism and bullying in schools.
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He, however, urged the Police to continue the ongoing investigation until they get to the root of the matter in order for the law to take its course, assuring that justice will be done, no matter who is involved.
The President, in a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said: “For several days now, the nation has been gripped by the news of the tragic incident at Dowen College, in Lagos with morbid details constantly emerging of how our young son, Sylvester Oromoni (Junior) met his death.
“President Muhammadu Buhari condemns the killing of Sylvester, one of our bright youngsters doing excellently in school, bringing joy to the family and if this incident is truly arising from bullying or cultism, the President assures that it must act as a trigger leading to a permanent solution to this recurring problem.
“I share the anger and grief up and down the country following this incident. On behalf of my family and I, and the government of the federation, I convey our heartfelt condolences to the Oromoni family, the government and people of Lagos State and give the firm assurance that this incident will be thoroughly investigated and the appropriate punishment meted out to all those who are culpable.”
Sylvester’s death’ll help correct other errors — Dowen College parents
Moreso, parents of students at the College prayed that God should use the unfortunate death of Sylvester Oromoni to correct other errors that might have been committed that led to his death or that could be committed by any stakeholder in the school in the future.
They said that as they insinuated that some errors probably led to the death of the 12-year-old boy.
They listed the stakeholders to include the owners of the school, the management, teachers, students, parents and the authorities in charge of education.
This was during a candlelight procession in honour of the deceased.
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During a prayer session held by the parents in front of the school gate before the procession started, they prayed that the soul of the deceased finds repose in the Lord.
The parents after marching solemnly with their candles into adjoining street later prayed for the family of the deceased.
Speaking briefly after the session, Oluwaseun Bolanle, said the parents of other students in the school were traumatised by the incident.
Bolanle said: “As I am here, I am struggling to control my emotions. It could happen to anybody’s child and we do not pray for a repeat of this anywhere in the country and even in the world. As a parent, one knows how much has been invested in many ways in these young ones.”
Group protests, demands de-registration of school
A group of Concerned Citizens, protested at the gate of Dowen College.
The group also called on the Lagos State Government to withdraw the registration of the school without further delay.
A spokesperson for the group, a woman, who was not identified, also decried the attitude of the state government and its officials to some issues, especially the safety of students in public and private schools.
They also called for the arrest of the owners of the school, the management team, security guards, housekeepers and others, who allowed some indicted students to leave the premises without being handed over to the appropriate authorities for investigation.
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Babajide Sanwo-Olu urged students in secondary schools to desist from the act of bullying one another and involvement in cultism in the state.
Sanwo-Olu gave the charge on Friday at the commissioning of a newly constructed female hostel of 12 classroom blocks and other facilities in Lagos State Model College, Igbokuta, Ikorodu area of the state.