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BREAKING: UNILORIN Expels Final-year Student Who Beat Female Lecturer To Coma

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The management of the University of Ilorin has expelled a final-year student, Salaudeen Waliu Aanuoluwa of the Department of Microbiology after being found guilty of assaulting a female lecturer, Mrs Rahmat Zakariyau, of the same Department.

A statement by the University’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Kunle Akogun, disclosed that the verdict was handed down by the Student Disciplinary Committee where Salaudeen was arraigned on Monday, adding that “he 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 added.

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A letter written to Salaudeen by the University Registrar 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 evidences 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.

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“Accordingly, you are hereby expelled from the University with immediate effect.

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“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.”

University Campus Journalist, an on-campus journal reported that Salaudeen claimed to have gone to the office of the female lecturer to beg her to help wave the mandatory Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme course which he missed due to unforeseen circumstances.

He claimed to have met Zakariyau numerous times, but all led to negative responses before the last Thursday assault on the lecturer.

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Salaudeen Waliu, while speaking to University Campus Journalists, UCJ-Ilorin, claimed that “months before the last Thursday incident, he was arrested and locked up for two months, thereby warranting his inability to attend SIWES duties.”

He said he had gone to Allen Avenue in Ikeja, Lagos State, to meet a friend for the first time. He was waiting for the friend when according to him, he “felt the urge to urinate.”

Salaudeen said he urinated near a car parked by drainage when he was challenged by someone who must have washed the car.

He said he was accused of being a thief and was not allowed to explain himself before a mob descended on him, meted out jungle justice, and handed him over to the police which led to his detention for a period of two months.

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The final-year student said after the incident in Lagos, he approached Mrs Zakariyau to explain to her his ordeal but the lecturer said there was no help to offer, except he joined the next set which would result in an extra year.

He said on the fateful Thursday when he entered the lecturer’s office, she ordered him out of her office.

”I got angry, I don’t know what came over me, I started arguing and she told me to leave her office, I told her if I don’t leave, what is she going to do?

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“She then threw a mug at me which injured me and I started beating her,” he added.

Salaudeen said the female lecturer did not fight back, so he went on to beat her and later dragged her out of her office to continue the beating.

”I dragged her out and she ran. I chased and kept beating her before people came. I tried to run but was later caught by the school security,” he stated in the security cell of the institution where he was locked up since he was returned from ‘F’ Divisional Police station, Tanke in Ilorin, the Kwara state capital.

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Oyo Govt Suspends Female Student For Assault, Unlawful Behaviour

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Oyo State Government has suspended a female student of Jericho High School, Ibadan for unlawful behaviour, vowing to take further action on the matter in due course.

The Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Barrister Rahman Abiodun Abdu-Raheem stated in a statement made available to INFO DAILY via the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Wasiu Olatunbosun.

Expressing the displeasure of Oyo State government over the incident, which led to her suspension, Adbu-Raheem disclosed that the student in company of her mother, recently invaded the school with hefty thugs and miscreants assaulting a male student, teachers and other parents during an ongoing PTA meeting.

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The mayhem was said to be ignited by the girl’s mother and other accomplices, thereby, causing tension in the school.

Barr. Abdu-Raheem noted that the state government is taking further action, to serve as a deterrent to other unguided parents and wards.

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He appealed for caution, emphasizing that the present government has zero tolerance for impunity, while charging students, parents and all stakeholders to take advantage of Governor Seyi Makinde’s free qualitative education programs.

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Ogbomoso Special Basic School: Govt. Suspends Three Teachers, Transfers Headteacher, Principal Over Alleged Sexual Harassment

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The Oyo State Government has ordered an immediate suspension of three staff members, while the Headteacher, Oyo State Basic School, Ogbomoso and the Principal, Oyo State Training School for the Blind have been transferred.

The staff members were handed immediate suspension and transfer following their involvement in the alleged sexual harassment at the centre.

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A statement signed by the state Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Rahman Abiodun Abdu-Raheem, Esq., and made available to INFO DAILY, revealed that the suspension and transfer were Oyo State Government’s response to a viral video and unrest in the school recently.

He said this would equally enhance free and unbiased investigations by the Four- man Probe Committee put in place.

The Commissioner recalled how himself, his counterpart at Women Affairs, the Executive Adviser on Disability, Permanent Secretaries, Directors and Representatives of Oyo State Universal Basic Education Board had visited the School to ascertain the causes of the agitation and the needs of the special students.

He, therefore, emphasized that the various letters issued take immediate effect, so as to restore peace in the school.

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Abdu-Raheem warned school Principals, Head- Teachers and other staff members to desist from all compromising acts that can jeopardize the efforts of the State Government ably led by His Excellency, Engineer Seyi Makinde”, he said.

He assured parents and other stakeholders of constant unannounced monitoring of all schools in the State.

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While equally assuring the continuous support of the Oyo State Government to move the education sector to greater heights, he urged parents, students and other relevant stakeholders to support and partner with this government.

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The affected Head-teacher is Mrs Adebiyi Racheal, while the Principal is Mrs. Akanbi Oluwaseun.

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Sign Bill Abolishing B.Sc, HND Dichotomy, Graduates Beg Buhari

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President Muhammadu Buhari

Graduates with Higher National Diploma (HND) certificates have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to give his assent to the bill seeking to abolish the dichotomy between Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) and Higher National Diploma (HND) holders in the country.

They noted that the president’s assent would ensure the growth of polytechnic education in Nigeria.

Recall that the House of Representatives had last Tuesday passed the bill seeking a perpetual end to the dichotomy.

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The legislation was titled “A Bill for an Act to Abolish and Prohibit Dichotomy and Discrimination between First Degree and Higher National Diploma in the Same Profession/Field for the Purpose of Employment; and for Related Matters.”

The bill stipulates some punitive measures against any form of discrimination against holders of HND.

Addressing journalists in Abuja, yesterday, Coordinator of the Coalition of HND stakeholders, Sebastian Onyemaobi, recalled that the Federal Executive Council (FEC) had in September 2007 directed that the dichotomy and ceiling on salary grade level attainable by HND holders should be removed.

He, however, noted that despite previous laws and policies, discrimination against HND holders persists because there were no sanctions for non-compliance.

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According to him, the current piece of legislation would address the problem, which he noted, was one of the key setbacks to technological growth and the nation’s quest for industrialisation.

Onyemaobi argued that the bill would also bring an end to the outdated class-concept and certificate-based approach being practised in Nigeria, including introducing the globally accepted performance-based approach to work place administration.

He said: “The passage of this Bill has rekindled the joy, hope and self-esteem of millions of HND holders who over the years have been enmeshed in abject traumatisation due to unwarranted discrimination, harsh and inhumane treatments at their various work places in both public and private sectors of the Nigerian economy in spite of their vast potentials, hard work and immense contributions to national development.

“The bill passed by the National assembly will indeed provide a succor and a cushion to the dilemma of millions of polytechnic and monotechnic students who have been engulfed in wondrous contemplation on how to approach the bleak, uncertain and insecure future as well as unbearable workplace environment that await them upon graduation from their various polytechnic and monotechnic institutions.

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“While we wait with ecstatic expectations, the signing of this epoch-making Bill into law, the coalition wishes to assure our dear President, the National Assembly and all Nigerians that HND holders and indeed the polytechnic system will work hard to live up to their expectations and justify the confidence reposed on them if this Bill is signed into Law.

“Also, we assure you that upon signing of this momentous Bill into Law, HND holders will be greatly propelled to utilise their talents and potentials to the fullest and contribute immensely, more than ever before, to national development.”

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