By Favour Nnabugwu
The management of the University of Ilorin has expelled a student of the Department of Microbiology, Waliu Salaudeen, who was found guilty of assaulting a female lecturer in the same department.
A statement by the varsity’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Mr Kunle Akogun, stated that the verdict was handed down by the Student Disciplinary Committee after Salaudeen was arraigned on Monday.
According to him, the student has 48 days to appeal the verdict.
“Salaudeen has since been handed over to the police for further necessary action,” Akogun added.
A letter to Salaudeen by the varsity Registrar, Mrs Fola Olowoleni, obtained by our correspondent, read, “You will recall that you appeared before the Student Disciplinary Committee to defend yourself in respect of an allegation of misconduct levelled against you.
“After due consideration of all the evidence before it, the committee was convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that the allegation of misconduct has been established against you. It has accordingly recommended to the vice-chancellor, who in the exercise of the power conferred on him directed that you, Salaudeen Waliu Aanuoluwa, be expelled from the university.
“Accordingly, you are hereby expelled from the university with immediate effect.
“You are required to submit forthwith all university property in your custody, including your student identity card to the dean of student affairs or his representative and keep off the campus.”
Recall that Salaudeen, alias Captain Walz, a final-year student, who battered a female lecturer, Mrs Rahmat Zakariyau, had explained the reason for his action.
A campus journal, University Campus Journalist, had reported that Salaudeen claimed that he went to the office of the female lecturer to beg her to waive the mandatory Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES) course, which he missed due to unforeseen circumstances.
He claimed to have met Mrs Zakariyau numerous times over the matter, adding he only got negative responses before the last Thursday assault on the lecturer.
The suspect, while speaking to the journal, said he was arrested and locked up for two months, which prevented him from attending to his SIWES duties.