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Unilorin student who assaulted female lecturer expelled

Salaudeen Waliu Aanuoluwa (aka Captain Walz) of the Department of Microbiology, University of Ilorin (Unilorin) has been found guilty of beating to coma, a female lecturer of Faculty of Life Sciences, Mrs Rahmat Zakariyyah, by the school management.

In a statement by the University’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr Kunle Akogun, the school reached the decision after a verdict by the Student Disciplinary Committee where Salaudeen was arraigned on Monday.

The school management also noted that “the student has 48 days to appeal against the verdict to the Vice-Chancellor in case he feels dissatisfied with the decision.

“Salaudeen has since been handed over to the police for further necessary action”, Akogun said.

Meanwhile, a letter delivered to the student from the University Registrar reads,  “You will recall that you appeared before the Student Disciplinary Committee (SDC) to defend yourself in respect of an allegation of misconduct levelled 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 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 Student 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 Council through the Dean, Faculty of Life Sciences to the Vice-Chancellor within forty-eight (48) days of the date of this letter”.

Recall NewsWireNGR had earlier reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Ilorin (Unilorin) Chapter, condemned the attack.

According to Professor Moyosore Ajao, the Chairman of the association, “It is not just because the lecturer is a female but because she is a human being and violence is never tolerated in ASUU, more or less in a university where character and learning are the essence of it.

“ASUU is patiently waiting on what the university management is going to do before we now apply our own action.

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“But I can tell you that the union is not sleeping on the matter and we are never going to allow such matters to be swept under the carpet,” he stated.

The ASUU chairman explained that the matter of the assault has already been reported to the law enforcement agencies.

On speculation whether the student was under the influence of drugs, Ajao observed that in every 12, there is always a Judas, adding that though the students of the institution are largely well behaved, there are bound to be uncouth elements around.

“The university must demonstrate the capacity to deal with such an act, apart from that they must ensure that such a thing never happens again.

“You can’t have a student population of over 50,000 and you expect all of them to be disciplined.

“Whether under the influence of drugs or whatever is immaterial to ASUU. If he is under the influence of drugs, he left his house, are you telling me he did not see anybody, why did he choose to attack the particular lecturer?,” Ajao asked rhetorically.

The ASUU chairman said the union would also petition the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to also look at the possibility of drug usage in the incidence of the attack.

“I expect the NDLEA to swing into action. The union will petition to say, ‘these are the people you are looking for, you have had one and we are yet to hear anything’,” he added.

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