ASUU chairman, Prof. Moyosore Ajao, in an interview with News agency of Nigeria, NAN on Monday condemned the irresponsible action of a final year student of the University of Ilorin who allegedly assaulted a lecturer violently on Thursday.
NAN reports that a 400 Level student of the Department of Microbiology (Faculty of Life Science) identified as Salaudeen Waliyu, aka Captain Walz, allegedly beat the lecturer to stupor which resulted in her hospitalization.
The student was alleged to have attacked the lecturer in her office because she refused to help him over his failure to do the mandatory Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES).
Reacting to the development, Prof. Ajao told NAN that the union would never allow “this dastardly act to go unaddressed”.
“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.
“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.
Asked whether the student was under the influence of drugs, Ajao said that not all eggs good, as there must always be bad ones, 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 drugs 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.
Ajao stated that the union would continue to be proactive by protecting its members and its interests, adding that an injury to one is an injury to all.
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