A 100-level student of Educational Management at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Efeosa Adagbonyin, is not starting her academic programme on a good note after missing a course in her first exams in the school for arguing with a technical worker.
PUNCH Metro learnt that Adagbonyin, after sitting for her first paper in the first semester exams on Saturday, waited for the second paper at the ICT centre when she was approached by the worker, who allegedly insulted her over her “borrowed” shoes.
Our correspondent learnt that the incident took a bad turn when the Edo State indigene did not take the alleged insult lightly, which led to Adagboyin being detained.
Adagbonyin’s friend, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the 23-year-old was detained at the institution’s security post.
She said, “The man called the school security to detain her and while they were taking her away, she told them that she had an exam at 12pm, but they did not listen to her.
“One Mr Adesina took her to the security unit and handed her over to a woman inside the office. She told the woman that she had a paper by 12pm; but the woman ordered that her legs be tied so she won’t run away.
“Later, the technical worker came around 1pm and told them at the security unit that he did not have an issue with Adagbonyin and they should let her go.
“Adagbonyin quickly rushed to the exam hall, but they had finished the paper.”
The source claimed that Adagbonyin, a single mother, who was invited to the security unit on Monday for interrogation after the case was posted on the social media by her friend, Ayobola Ojo, was blamed for the incident.
She noted that the 23-year-old was threatened with expulsion for sharing her ordeals on social media.
The source said, “She was supposed to write a petition on Monday, but when she got there, her phone was seized and she was interrogated.
“She was threatened with expulsion. When she narrated her side of the story, she was told that the security had the right to tie her down because there was a complaint against her, but the only mistake they made was that they did not ask what the complaint was about.”
PUNCH Metro learnt that the lecturer in charge of the missed course had refused to allow her to retake the paper, insisting that she would have a carryover.
When our correspondent contacted Adagbonyin, she declined comment, saying she believed that the school would give her justice.
The Public Relations Officer of the university, Biodun Olarewaju, said the incident was under investigation.
He said, “The lady making this accusation has not made a formal report; it is only what you bring to the notice of the university that the university will act on. We have procedures to report if your right has been infringed upon.
“We have always encouraged our students to report. If you cannot report to any of your lecturers, go to the dean of student affairs, who is a father. OAU is a liberal university; if you have not reported to the university, how do we prove the allegations?
“However, without a formal report, the university has started looking into the case. I saw the post on social media and forwarded it to the security unit and they are acting on it. When we are through with our investigations, we will come out with our findings.”
Okegbemi Olusoji Festus is an Editor/Creative writer at campustori.com, A digital media Executive and a known Social Media Enthusiast.