detailed how a part-time lecturer of the University of Lagos, Akin Baruwa,
allegedly raped an 18-year-old admission seeker, Shola (not real name), a
28-year-old former student of the lecturer, has come out with a revelation of
how she barely escaped being raped by the accused.
of anonymity, explained that the sexual assault of the 18-year-old girl
provided a window of opportunity for her to expose what she went through in the
hands of Baruwa.
finalising her undergraduate project at the Distant Learning Institute of
UNILAG. She told Saturday PUNCH she was like a prey, which fell into the
lap of Baruwa, when she was reassigned to him after her supervisor retired.
a surge of anger when she realised that some reactions to Shola’s story showed
that some people did not believe the poor girl’s story.
own story as a way of showing solidarity with the girl.
page of Agnes’ project signed by Baruwa (arrowed)
2013. It was around that time my supervisor, who was a very pleasant woman,
retired. I was reassigned to Mr. Akinfolarin Baruwa. I got his number and
called him on the phone and he told me to come the following day.
I went to meet him in an office in the Faculty of Business Administration,
which he shared with another lecturer. I noticed it was the other lecturer’s
name that was on the door.
a student that came to submit her project also. She was from the Lagos State
University. So, I supposed he was also doing part-time work at LASU.
their projects also and he told me to wait outside. Later he started sending me
on errands. He would tell me to go and make one photocopy or another or buy
things for him. I was patient and did everything he asked.
eventually looked at my project. As soon as he opened the pages, he flung it
away. ‘What kind of rubbish is this?’ he said. He said I would have to start
the project from the beginning.
rubbish. He said I did not cite a particular reference somewhere and said he
would report me to our course adviser for plagiarism and I would be given an
extra year. He just wanted to hold on to something just to rubbish my work.”
started to beg Baruwa. She claimed that she was on her knees because she was
writing exams and most of her colleagues had already finished their project.
submission of the project. I explained all these to him and begged. Later, he
said I should drop the project that he would see what he could do about it,”
degree. She said he was a part-time lecturer, who was assigned students for
supervision and given invigilation roles during examinations.
had on Monday, denied having Baruwa under the employ of the institution despite
the fact that he supervised the final projects of many students in the Faculty
of Business Administration.
handwritten complaint filed against Baruwa, which Agnes submitted to UNILAG
correspondent a copy of her undergraduate project, bearing Baruwa’s name and
she would have an extra year, she went down on her knees to thank him but while
she was mouthing her appreciation, the man allegedly moved around the office
closing the blinds.
thought he was preparing to go home when he was doing that. He was clearing the
books on the sofa. He said, ‘is that how to say thank you?’ I only knew
something was amiss when he suddenly locked the door,” she said.
put my hands on his manhood. He grabbed my breasts and I began to struggle with
him. He started to forcibly remove my clothes. I was shocked beyond words. I
felt really violated.
screamed but I knew my screaming would do nothing because the office is
opposite the UNILAG guesthouse by the seaside.
on me, I realised that I was beginning to have breathing problem as if an attack
was on its way. I decided to lay still and I started breathing excessively as
if I was already having asthmatic attack. I started to beg him as I breathed
heavily. I told him, ‘Please, I can’t breathe, I have asthma.’
He said he was not usually like that and that he was only aroused. He said I
should just give him a ‘handjob’ (fondle his manhood with my hand) instead. I
started to beg him again and pretended as if I wanted to faint. I told him to
open the door in order for me to get fresh air.”
she was in so much shock that she lost her bag with , out knowing. She said the
shock was so much that she fell down and could not move.
office for her project, she had to tell a friend to follow her.
because when I told him that I was around, he just dismissed me that he had no
time. He gave me an appointment for early morning but I went there some minutes
after 7am. He said, ‘You think you are smart eh? You are playing with your
and went back to submit, there was a little activity in his office then. He
told me to wait outside. As the office cleared and the lecturer he shared the
office with left, he called me inside.
started begging that I had a fiancée. He said ‘So?’ In broad daylight, he was
fondling me. But as I resisted him and dragged myself from his grip, my shirt
tore. I was infuriated. I stormed out of his office and threatened that I was
going straight to the vice chancellor’s office.
me that I should get out of his office. He said I would never graduate. I was
so angry that I was going straight towards the senate building.”
knew her. She claimed that some officials in the faculty intervened in the
matter that day and that when Baruwa was approached on the issue, he feigned
corrections she had to effect on her project and told her to come back when she
started shouting.’ Later, the lecturers were behind closed door with him and I
did not hear what they discussed. When they came out, they just told me to
forget the issue,” she said.
time for Baruwa to submit her score sheet to her course adviser.
submit a score sheet to their respective project supervisor, who would in turn
submit to the course adviser.
final copy of your project or defend the project. In short, you cannot
graduate,” Agnes told our correspondent. “But Mr. Baruwa refused to submit my
score sheet. I kept asking him about it and he kept referring me to the course
adviser. He maintained he had submitted it. But the course adviser kept telling
me she had not got my score sheet.
was merely punishing me for not allowing him to have his way with me. While I
was going through these problems, I heard of other ladies who had the same
problem but could not speak out.
a letter of complaint telling the school authorities to look into my issue with
through so much trouble. By the time I escaped him, I was already
just shook my head because there was no way the girl could have escaped him.”
that it did not know who Baruwa was, it was learnt that he supervised the final
projects of undergraduates.
authorities, Baruwa was stopped from supervising female students. But why he
still retained his part-time duties in the faculty is not clear.
Officer of UNILAG, Mr. Olagoke Oke, following this fresh allegation.
discussed by a four-man panel set up by the institution to look into how the
suspect got into the university system.
indeed working in the institution and that he was even supervising
undergraduate projects, he said, “That might have been possible in DLI (Distant
Learning Institute). But the panel would look at all these and come out with
the report of its investigation soon.
55-year-old woman identified as Mrs. Etuk Effiong and her daughter were on
Friday arrested in Calabar, Cross River State, after they were found with 23
children suspected to have been kidnapped and brought to their home.
The woman and her 27-year-old daughter, whose name was given as Inameti, were
arrested by policemen from the Mbukpa Police Station in Calabar-South axis of
the metropolis on a tip off.
Although the age of the children, who were looking hungry and dressed in
tattered clothes, could not be ascertained, a policeman said they were between
Olubuse II, was performed on Friday, but his wives, children and family
members were unable to pay their last respects as they were barred from
Traditional prayers were offered for the late monarch by Tadimole Awo
Ilare, Chief Faloba. The event was conducted in less than three hours.
According to PUNCH, a source at the palace told one of their
correspondents that no member of the royal family was allowed to see...
Open Heavens 15 August 2015: Saturday daily devotion by Pastor E. A. Adeboye – Favour Uproots Obstacles
Topic: Favour Uproots Obstacles [Saturday August 15, 2015]
Memorise: Thou hast granted me life and favour, and thy
visitation hath preserved my spirit. - Job
6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto
Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the
LORD of hosts.
7 Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain:
and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace,
grace unto it.
8 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
9 The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands