Muhammed Bello, Olaigbe Olatunji and Ifeoluwa Grace
On Thursday, 11th of November 2021, around 11am, Salaudeen Waliu, a final-year student of microbiology in the University of Ilorin walked into the office of his female lecturer and supervisor, Mrs Zakariyau. He claims to have gone there to beg Mrs Zakariyau to help him “wave” his mandatory SIWES course which he couldn’t do due to unforeseen circumstances. Before then, he claimed to have met her over the same issue numerous times, all which had led to negative responses. “Thursday was the day I had a lot on my mind and I went to her again,” said Waliu.
Mrs Zakariyau did not give him a desirable response and had ordered him to leave her office. “I got angry, I don’t know what came over me, I started arguing and she told me to leave her office, if not, she will get angry,” said Waliu while speaking to campus journalists of UCJ-UNILORIN. “I told her if I am not going to leave the office, what is she going to do? Then she threw a mug at me which injured me and I started beating her.”
Waliu made it known that Mrs Zakariyau did not fight back as he knows she cannot fight him back so he went on to beat her and later dragged her out of her office to continue the beating.
“I dragged her out and she ran. I chased and kept beating her before people came. I tried to run but was later caught by the school security,” said Waliu.
THE INCIDENT BEFORE
Months before, Waliu claims to have been arrested and locked up for 2 months, thereby warranting his inability to attend to the mandatory SIWES duties. He claims to have gone to Allen Avenue in Ikeja Lagos, to meet a friend for the first time. He was waiting for the friend when according to him, he “felt the urge to urinate.”
He was about urinating near a car parked by a drainage when he was challenged by someone who “must have washed the car.”
“He started questioning me about my motive for being around the car and accused me of being a thief,” said Waliu when speaking to journalists from UCJ-Unilorin in the security cell he’s been locked in since being returned from F-Division. “He said this is how people come here to steal property from their street.”
Per Waliu’s story, he was not allowed to explain himself before the mob descended on him. Jungle justice was wrought on him before he was then handed over to the police which led to him being locked up for a period of two months.
ISSUE WITH HIS LEVEL ADVISER
Waliu said after the whole unfortunate incident in lagos, he approached Mrs Zakariyau to explain to her about the stress he has been going through but Mrs Zakariyau had told him there is no help to offer, except he joined the next set which would result in an extra-year.
Prior to now, Waliu is said to have gone after his Level Adviser with intents of “teaching him a lesson”. He confirmed this, blaming a dream where he saw his LA plotting against him along with Mrs Zakariyau and other people. “I was actually looking for my LA to challenge him and ask what are you plotting against me.”
Adeleye Isaac, General Secretary of the Student Union said the Union was aware of the ugly incident, but they’ve not had the opportunity to meet the student due to his transfer to F-division police unit, but Waliu has been returned back to the University security unit.
The General Secretary said “the guy must have acted under the influence of drug, which their administration totally condemns such.” and used the medium to tell the student populace to say no to usage of harm and abuse drugs.
Against narratives flying around on social media, the lecturer involved isn’t dead, but had been taken to the school clinic to receive prompt treatment.
The Student Union president said he would like to remain silent on the case due to the complication and sensitivity of the issue.
At the time of publication, Mrs Zakariyau has been discharged from the University clinic after receiving treatment. Efforts to reach her or the Sub-dean of student affairs has not yielded any outcome.