Upcoming hip hop artist Olaniyan Damilola, popularly known as “Damino Damoche,” was shot dead this afternoon by suspected campus fraternity gangs at the Lagos State University.
A lot of people though it was Skelly mental that was shot in the incident. However, a call from Goldmyne Entertainment to Skelly revealed that it was Damilola that was involved.
According to him ”My phone has been bombarded with calls from near and far especially my fans about the incident. It was not me. Am alive”
The incident took place at about 4:30 p.m. Nigerian time. Eyewitnesses said Damoche’s assailants apparently trailed him on a motorbike after he finished a class test in Banking and Finance. He was a 400 level student.
The attack appears to be a reprisal attack from a rival gang, as Damoche was known to be a member of the Eiye Confraternity. Members of that confraternity took to Twitter to promise reprisals on his assailants.
Damoche was shot twice, in the head and on the left hand, with what appeared to be a high caliber weapon. He lay dead for several hours before policemen took his body away in a pick-up van.
A student of the institution, who spoke with our correspondent on the condition of anonymity, said the deceased had a misunderstanding with some members of a cult group over an undisclosed issue.
The source added that after shooting the deceased, the attackers also stabbed him repeatedly.
He said Olaniyan, a native of Ogun State, was popular on campus having produced songs with DJ Zeez and Konga in the past which had received considerable airplay.
He said, “The incident happened around 4pm when Damoche (Olaniyan) was leaving school. Some guys wielding guns and machetes on a bike started shooting at him and even after he fell to the ground, they stabbed him repeatedly before fleeing.
“At this point, everyone took cover for fear of being hit, but it was obvious that Damoche was the target.”
Asked if the deceased was a cult member, the source said it could not be ascertained immediately saying, “It is very hard to identify a cult member but Damoche was very popular, sociable and was always at every social gathering involving students.”
Meanwhile, it was learnt that policemen attached to Igando Division had evacuated the corpse.
When contacted on the telephone, LASU spokesperson, Sola Fosudo, confirmed the incident to our correspondent, but said Olaniyan was not killed on the school premises.
“I have just confirmed from the security men on the campus and they told me that a student of the Department of Business Administration was shot. It did not happen on the campus. I was told it happened along Igando Road and he was shot by gunmen on a bike,” he said
The spokesperson for the state police command, Ngozi Braide, told our correspondent that the Olaniyan’s remains had been deposited at Badagry General Hospital Mortuary.
“The incident occurred around 4pm. He was shot and killed while exiting the school’s other gate located at Iba. Apart from the gunshot wounds, several cuts were observed on the corpse. The remains have been deposited at Badagry General Hospital Mortuary while investigations have begun,” she said.
It will be recalled that Lagos State University has been the scene of bloody campus gang confrontations since the 1990s.