The University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has expelled and handed over to police a 400-level Microbiology student, Salaudeen Waliu, who assaulted a female lecturer of the institution, Rahmat Zakariyau.
In a statement by the Public Relations Officer of the university, Kunle Akogun, confimed that Waliu allegedly attacked the lecturer in her office for refusing to exempt him from doing a mandatory Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES).
The university spokesman said the suspect was expelled after the institution’s Students’ Disciplinary Committee (SDC) had found him guilty of assault and recommended his expulsion on Monday.
However, he explained that Waliu has 48 days to appeal the verdict in case he feels dissatisfied with the decision.
He said Waliu was handed over to the police for further necessary action.
Quoting a letter written to Waliu by the university registrar, the statement read: “You will recall that you appeared before the Student Disciplinary Committee (SDC) to defend yourself in respect of an allegation of misconduct leveled against you.
“After due consideration of all evidence before it, the committee was convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that the allegation of misconduct has been established against you.
“It has accordingly recommended to the Vice Chancellor, who in the exercise of the power conferred on him, has directed that you, Salaudeen Waliu Aanuoluwa, be expelled from the university.
“Accordingly, you are hereby expelled from the university with immediate effect.
“You are required to submit forthwith, all University property in your custody including your Student Identity Card to the Dean of Students’ Affairs or his representative and keep off the campus.
“In case you are dissatisfied with this decision, you are free to appeal to the University Governing Council through the Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences to the Vice Chancellor within forty eight (48) days of the date of this letter.”
Before his expulsion, Waliu had opened up to assaulting the female lecturer but explained the reasons for his action.
He said he went to the lecturer to and begged her to help wave the mandatory SIWES that he claimed to have missed as result of circumstances beyond his control.
Explaining further, the expelled student he resorted to beating up the victim out of frustration when all entreaties for an exemption fell on her deaf ears.
According to Waliu: “Before beating the lecturer, I was arrested and locked up by the police for two months and this prevented me from doing my SIWES.
“I have gone to Allen Avenue in Ikeja, Lagos State on a fateful day to meet a friend for the first time and while I was waiting for the friend I felt the urge to urinate.
“As I was urinating near a car parked by the road side Iwas challenged by someone, ll and accused of being a thief. I was not allowed to explain before a mob descended on me and beat him up.
“They handed me over to the police and I was detained for two months before I later regained my freedom.
“On Thursday, I went to the lecturer in her office to explain why I could not do the SIWES and asked for help to be exempted but rather than listen to me she ordered me out of her office.
“Consequently, I became angry. I didn’t know what came over me. I started arguing and she told me to leave her office. I replied that if I didn’t leave, what would she do?
“She then threw a mug at me, which injured me and I went closer to her and beat her up.
“She was shouting and didn’t find back so I dragged her out and she ran. I chased her and kept beating her before people came. I tried to escape but I was caught by the university security men.”