Imo varsity suspends lecturer for slapping student, begins probe
Authorities of the Imo State University, Owerri, have suspended a lecturer, Desmond Izunwanne, for allegedly slapping one of his female students who reportedly arrived for a lecture late and for not attending the class in the departmental uniform.
The spokesperson for the University, Ralph Njokuobi, in a statement in Owerri, the state capital, on Wednesday described the lecturer’s action as “barbaric and unbecoming.”
In a viral video shared on social media on Saturday, the lecturer was seen assaulting a female student.
The lecturer slapped the student for wearing a mufti to class and asked her to kneel. The lecturer queried the student in the video, saying, “What’s your reason? Which hospital? Everybody is coming from the hospital. What is your reason for being on mufti? O ya kneel down.”
Njokuobi said the decision to suspend the lecturer was taken at a meeting of the school management held on Tuesday.
He added that a three-man panel was also set up to “unravel the immediate and remote causes that led to his uncouth behaviour.”
The statement read, “It has come to the notice of the management of the Imo State University the viral video circulating around the globe about the indecorous actions of a lecturer of the university, Dr Desmond lzunwanne of the Physiology Department, Faculty of Basic
“Management viewed the action of the lecturer as barbaric and unbecoming of such a person occupying that position.
“At the end of the management meeting held on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, management approved the suspension of the lecturer till further notice and has set up a three-man disciplinary committee to unravel the immediate and remote causes that led to his uncouth behaviour.
“The general public and indeed all human rights organisations are hereby implored to allow the university to conduct a proper investigation and recommend appropriate sanctions where necessary in line with the staff conditions of service.
“Management will not accept any breach in the academic and moral standards expected of any lecturer irrespective of how highly he is placed in the university and sincerely believe in rules of engagement between lecturers and students.”
Family grieves as varsity student slumps, dies after final exams
A 500-Level Mechanical Engineering student of the Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Ayomide Oduntan, last Thursday, slumped and died on campus, throwing his family into mourning.
PUNCH Metro gathered that Oduntan died on the day he sat for his last examination in the school.
Our correspondent sighted a short video clip of the student celebrating after writing his final examination shortly before he reportedly slumped and died.
The final-year student, who would have celebrated his 21st birthday in October, was said to have been rushed to the school hospital for medical care after he slumped.
An uncle of the deceased, Wale Saliu, told our correspondent that family members were still in shock over the news of the sudden death of their son who he claimed was not known to be sick.
Saliu said, “He called his mother after sitting for his final examination on Thursday last week to tell her that he had finished and that he was signing out.
“Then somebody from the school just called the following day that the boy died. A final year student who was just signing out with all the money spent; at a private university.
“Somebody that was still celebrating his sign out as late as 7pm on Thursday and they said he slumped and died just like that. Some family members went there on Saturday. They said the doctor was not around. They said he died on Thursday. They called us on Friday.”
Another relative who identified himself simply as Daniel said it was Oduntan’s aged father that started calling other members of the family about the news of the death of his son.
He said, “What we heard was that he slumped and died on Friday. It was the dad that now called all of us about the news from the school.
“On Friday night, he still posted on his status about his signing out. He called his mom on Thursday to tell her that he was free now and that he would be coming home last week Saturday. It was a shock that they called us on Friday that the son had died. None of the school staff members has deemed it reasonable to come to the house to even explain to them that this was what happened to their child.”
Our correspondent learnt that the remains of the deceased were buried on Tuesday.
The school’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr Tunde Olofintilo, confirmed the student’s death in a statement made available to our correspondent on Tuesday.
The statement read, “Ayomide, a 500 Level Mechanical Engineering Student, slumped around 10pm on May 31, 2023. He was immediately rushed to the ABUAD Multi-System Hospital. Unfortunately, he was dead before he got to the hospital.
“He was immediately attended to in the presence of his colleagues, but all attempts to resuscitate him failed.”
Olofintilo added that the university had ordered an autopsy by an independent pathologist after it requested and obtained a corona’s inquest, saying the result was still being awaited.
He added, “About the autopsy, the university requested and obtained a Coroner’s Inquest after which an autopsy was carried out. The report of the autopsy which was conducted by an independent pathologist is being awaited.
“The police issued a warrant to bury the dead body following the conduct of the post-mortem examination.
“As a university, we sincerely commiserate with the family and pray we will not witness such again.”
Cultism: Kwara Poly withdraws student’s HND certificate
The Authorities of the Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin, have approved the immediate withdrawal of the Higher National Diploma Certificate of AbdulRasheed Zubair Olatunji of the Public Administration Department of the institution for his alleged involvement in cultism.
This was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Deputy Registrar, Registrar’s Office, Mr. Olayemi Olatomi, on Monday and made available to newsmen in Ilorin.
The statement disclosed that the decision was based on the report of the Polytechnic’s Students’ Disciplinary Committee.
The management said AbdulRasheed’s involvement in cultism was a pointer to the fact that he was not worthy in character and learning to earn the certificate of the institution.
The mobilisation of AbdulRasheed to the mandatory National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, was also put on hold, the statement further disclosed
KWASU lecturer wins $24,000 international scholarship grant
Rashidat Akande, PhD, a faculty member in the Department of Economics and Development Studies at Kwara State University, has secured a $24,000 CAD International Scholarship Grant.
This prestigious grant is awarded as part of the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship – Advanced Scholars – West Africa (QES-AS-WA) scheme.
The announcement of the Akande’s achievement was made by Saeedat Aliyu, the Director of Relations at the university.
The statement highlighted that Akande emerged as the recipient of the QES-AS-WA scholarship award for the year 2022.
The theme for this year’s award was “Wurin ta na yin rubutu – Her own room to write.”
The statement further revealed that Akande’s participation in the program will span two months.
The primary objective of the program is to provide support to women who are pursuing a PhD. or are in the early stages of their research careers.
The aim is to enable these scholars to expand the horizons of their research and create long-lasting impacts in both Nigeria and Canada.
“This accomplishment reflects Rashidat Akande’s dedication to her field and her commitment to making meaningful contributions to the academic community,” the statement read.
It added, “Her success serves as an inspiration for aspiring scholars and researchers alike.”
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