UNILAG lecturer stabs postgraduate student

A postgraduate student of the University
of Lagos, Jimi Fatunbi, has been allegedly injured by two lecturers at
the university campus.

Fatunbi told Saturday PUNCH on Friday how he was slapped and stabbed by the lecturers at about midnight on Wednesday.
He identified the lecturers as
Dr.BabawaleTaiwo and Dr. Israel Abiala, who lecture at the Departments
of Mathematics and Statistics; and Arts and Social Sciences Education
It was gathered that the incident happened at the UNILAG’s Faculty of Education roundabout.
Fatunbi, studying for masters in English Language, is a resident of the Henry Carr Postgraduate Hall.
He explained that the incident, which
started out as a conversation turned bloody when he alighted from his
vehicle to complain about how one of the lecturers banged on the body of
his car.
He said, “I went to take my car from
Elkanemi hall, where it was initially parked, to Henry Carr. While I was
reversing at Elkanemi Park, I discovered that a vehicle was behind me
and the occupants (lecturers) of the vehicle said I was obstructing
“Dr. Taiwo started banging on my car. I
felt he wanted to damage my car and I stopped. I came down to ask him
what was actually wrong.
“I felt that if I was indeed obstructing, since I was moving away, there was no need for the attack.
“He said I had committed an offence and
he needed to deal with me, being a lecturer. So, before I knew it, his
colleague, Abiala came down from the same car and started manhandling
me. In the process, one of them stabbed me in the face.
“I was shouting until students came
around. I eventually called my hall executives and I was taken to the
university’s Medical Centre for treatment.”
He said the lecturers were interrogated by the university’s security officials after they were informed of the situation.
When our correspondent visited the
university campus on Friday, security officials at the Alpha Base (the
university’s security house) confirmed that the case had been reported.
When contacted on the telephone, the
Public Relations Officer of UNILAG, Toyin Adebule, also confirmed the
incident, saying the management had been notified.
He said, “I have confirmed it myself.
There is one Dr.Taiwo involved and the case was reported at our security
post. The attention of the management has been drawn to the case and we
are taking action. It is still under investigation.
“The dean and head of department where
he works have been informed and the university has requested that the
lecturer should come for questioning. We don’t condone indiscipline,
hooliganism and violence from anybody at any level.
“The university is taking up the matter
seriously and we will never leave any stone unturned until we get to the
root of the matter. It could be cultism, money or anything. We want to
know what caused the matter and we will get back to you. We have asked
the security to go after him.”

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