UNILAG Lecturers Stab Postgraduate Student
If someone had told a postgraduate student of the University of Lagos, Jimi Fatunbi earlier that he would end that fateful day with a knife in his face, he could have taken it with a pinch of salt.
Fatunbi, studying for masters in English Language, is a resident of the Henry Carr Postgraduate Hall.
He explained on Friday how he was slapped and stabbed by the lecturers at about midnight on Wednesday at the UNILAG’s Faculty of Education roundabout.
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 respectively.
He said 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 them.
“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.
The Public Relations Officer of UNILAG, Toyin Adebule, also confirmed the incident, saying the management had been notified.
He said, “The university is taking up the matter seriously and we will never leave any stone upturned until we get to the root of the matter".
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