News

The UNIAbuja lecturer versus his ex-student, Kemi Obaditan

Kemi

So a few days ago, one Kemi Obaditan, an alumnus of the University of Abuja accused her
former lecturer of victimizing her while she was a student of the school in 2011.


On the 11th of December 2011, I was in my second year in the University of Abuja, Gwagwalada Nigeria.
I came into school that morning to write a Chemistry examination
scheduled to hold that day at 9am. I got into the exam hall at about
8:00am just in case there was going to be a change in the venue and
information regarding this examination.

The exam started at the time stated and while I sat in the hall assigned by my department for her students, Mr. Samuel Olorunfemi Adams
came in to speak with the invigilator on duty while the answer booklet
was being shared. He requested that half of the students should follow
him upstairs to the main library where his own students who, at that
time, were going to write a statistics course so he can shuffle us
between them. Unfortunately, I was among those who had to move up with
them. When I got upstairs I had a chair and did not have a table in the
exam hall, hence I decided to go get a table.
By the time I returned with the table,
Mr. Samuel Olorunfemi Adams refused my entry into the exam hall. I told
him I was among the students he took from the hall downstairs to join
his students. He was defiant and still refused for me to enter into the
examination hall. I stood outside pleading that I get my answer booklet
and examination card so I can go downstairs to go write my exams but he
refused. My pleas fell on deaf ears until one of my colleague was able
to help me pass my exam booklet and exam card to me. While I was begging
him he lost his cool and pulled out his belt from his pants and began
to flog me mercilessly.
While he was flogging me, my phone
dropped (Blackberry Bold 2) worth N58.000. Mr. Samuel Olorunfemi Adams
picked it up and said he was going to cease (seize) it after inflicting
bodily injury on me. While I stood on the stairs crying, one of my
lecturers saw me and he asked what happened. I told him all that had
transpired between myself and Mr. Adams. He consoled me and took me to
another hall to write my exams. The exams had passed an hour already. I
was able to put myself together and I wrote my exams. After my exams, I
went to Mr. Adams to get my phone and he said I would have to fill up an
examination malpractice form if I was going to get the phone back.
I told him I did not set my eyes on the
question paper prior to the incident so I cannot fill any form. Mr.
Adams told me to take a last look at my phone and he smashed it on the
ground to pieces. My colleagues who witnessed the incident gasped and he
made sure he gave all of them -10 marks on their script. I ran
downstairs to get my brother, so I could tell him what had happened to
me. He came up with me to talk to Mr. Adams, but he had already gone
ahead to report me to the Dean that I held him on his collar and I told
him that if he did not let me into the examination hall that I was going
to fight him.
By that time, I was summoned to the
Dean’s office, Mr. Adams and his supporters (lecturers) were there and
the Dean never gave me a fair hearing rather she insisted I state what
Mr. Adams had done to me on an examination malpractice form. I stood my
ground and refused to fill out the form as I know I did not commit any
malpractice. I was threatened and asked for my matriculation number by
his colleagues and I was told I would never graduate from that school.
That very day, I went to the National Human Rights Commission and I gave
a statement and showed evidences of the scars and the pieces of my
phone. Pictures were taken and Mr. Adams was summoned in after two weeks
for questioning.
The following week, my Dad was in town
and he accompanied me to school to speak with the Dean but she was not
around. A fellow lecturer was apologizing on Mr. Adams behalf and begged
my Dad to temper justice with mercy. My Dad wrote the school up copying
the Vice Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellor and the Dean of Student
Affairs that he would like them to look into my matter.
I came into school on a Monday morning
and I was told to report to the Deans office for an emergency meeting.
In the meeting, there was the Dean, Head of department, Head of
examinations and a few other lecturers. I was still not granted a fair
hearing. Instead, I was told and I quote “We know you know people, and
your Dad is well connected, but if you want to graduate in this school
you cannot fight your lecturer and win. You have to drop this case. I
walked out with tears in my eyes and my heart was heavy with much pain. I
felt the school failed me, the women in the meeting failed me even with
the obvious bruises I had on my body.
Afterwards, I did agree to drop the case
because I wanted to graduate. Little did I know that my misery had just
begun? Every day in that school was a living hell. I was always
harassed, humiliated and dehumanized by Mr. Adams and his fellow
lecturers. I became the cynosure for insult every time I passed by them.
From that moment, my results became a mess. They failed me on all the
exams I sat for that semester.
Mr. Adams is a threat to other students
in that school as he is known for extorting money illegally so he would
pass them, having sexual relationships with ladies and meting out unjust
punishment on young men in the department. Hence, my reason for wanting
to open up this case again.
Mr. Adams, If all I have stated is wrong
I would like you to come forward and speak out. Justice must prevail!
You continue to fail students, if they get on your bad side. You told me
nothing can be done to you and I challenge you to present your case and
let’s see if you will truly walk away as a free man.
“Never be afraid to raise your voice
for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and
greed. If people all over the world… Would do this it would change the
earth”. William Faulkner.
 
Well, the lecturer in question, Samuel Olorunfemi Adams has reacted!
Prof
See excerpts of the conversation between Mr Adams and TheNews.NG‘s correspondent Olawale Adeniyi
Mr Adams: Hello, good
afternoon my name is Mr Samuel Olorunfemi Adams there’s a story on your
news platform stating that I harrased a student of Uniabuja. The story
is all a lie, please I need you to take it down I am innocent.
TheNews.NG: Sir, we
can’t take the story down just like that, its against the ethics of
balanced reporting, we need to speak to the two parties involved to
ascertain that you are truely innocent. would you be willing to tell us
your side of the story?
Mr Adams: Yes
TheNews.NG: Please tell us exactly what happened?
Mr Adams: On the day
the incident happened, I instructed students to move the next hall to
write their exam every other student moved but she refused. she stated
that I was a wicked lecturer and that she’s heard a lot about me and
that she was not going to move. In the course of that her phone fell and
broke.
TheNews.NG: She said you broke the phone?
Mr Adams: Here’s what
happened, she asked me to give her the phone and i insisted that she
fill the exam malpracices booklet, she refused, she insulted my family,
she said my family couldn’t afford a Blackberry phone this got me angry,
so I smashed it on the ground.
TheNews.NG: Did you flog her with your belt?
Mr Adams: No I did not, I only tried to scare her with the belt and the belt mistakenly touch her. Then she jacked my collar.
TheNews.NG: Why did you
insist that she fill an examination malpractices form since the offence
she commited was not related to exam malpractice?
Mr Adams: You see in
exam there are rules and regulations, she was given the form because she
disobeyed a lecturer and it is against the school rule. I instructed
her to leave the hall and go to the next hall but she refused, secondly
she held my collar and it was her fellow students who rescued me from
her.
TheNews.NG: But that is still not exam malpractice, why insist on an exam malpractice form?
Mr Adams: keeps mute
TheNews.NG: Peradventure you both meet in the court of law over this matter do you have any witness in your favour?
Mr Adams: I don’t have
witnesses i don’t know any of the students, please I just visited your
website the story is still there, when are you going to take it down?
TheNews.NG: We wont take it down until investigations into the case are concluded.
9 Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

To Top