#BounceRewind2018: 6 Major Headlines That Shook Nigerian Campuses This Year
2018 was an eventful year on various campuses in Nigeria.
But unfortunately, most of the events were negative that brought sadness to the soul of students, lecturers and their family members.
This is not to say that the university scene was devoid of good news.
In April, a recorded telephone conversation of a professor in Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Richard Akindele and his student, went viral. The lecturer could be heard bargaining for five rounds of sex in order to award marks for a student undergoing her Masters Degree programme in the insitution, Miss Monica Osagie.
Two months later, the Governing Council of the institution dismissed Prof. Akindele after an initial suspension.
The Vice Chancellor of OAU, Prof. Eyitope Ogunbodede said Akindele had acted in a manner that compromised his position as a teacher and examiner, in that his conversations with Monica Osagie were about examination scores and inducement of favour for the alteration of examination scores.
Finally, in December, Prof Akindele was sentenced to two years in prison.
Justice Maureen Onyetenu, who had to stand down the case two times, before finally giving her judgement, said regardless of the plea bargain arrived at by the parties, Akindele should be used as a scapegoat to deter higher institutions’ lecturers in the habit of molesting female students because of sex from engaging in such acts.
She sentenced Akindele to a 24 month jail-term for asking Monica for a sexual benefit.
While that case was on-going, news broke out in July of how former deputy governor of Ondo State, Lasisi Oluboyo’s daughter, Miss Khadijat, was reportedly killed by her boyfriend, Saidu-Shakiru Adeyemi in school.
Oluboyo, who was a final year student of Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, had been killed and buried inside her boyfriend’s room in Akure.
The boyfriend was arrested and made to face the law, but the dead cannot come back to life.
Just when we thought we’d heard enough bad news from our campuses, lecturers were kidnapped, while the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), and their counterpart in the polytechnic went on strike.
ASUU began its strike on November 5, paralysing academic activities in public universities nationwide since then, and so did ASUP. Efforts by the government to resolve all issues before Christmas proved abortive.
In early December, four lecturers of the Rufus Giwa Polytechnic, Owo were kidnapped. One of the four victims identified as Taiwo Akinyemi reportedly died in custody of the kidnappers.
The remains of the 52-year-old lecturer were said to have been found in a bush tied to a tree. It was learnt that the deceased was killed by the abductors over the alleged failure of his family to produce a ransom on time.
But the year did not pass without some positive events on campus.
In December, a student of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Arinola Olaiya, emerged as the best graduating student in the Faculty of Clinical Sciences after obtaining 12 distinctions in her courses.
Chairman of Ceremonials Committee of OAU 43rd combined 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 convocation ceremonies, Prof Oluseye Bolaji, disclosed that Olaiya was the first student in 28 years to graduate with such result from the faculty.
He added that the performance was a remarkable record because she had performed beyond the expected three core courses in which graduands offering the course are expected to record at least three distinctions.
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