Salaudeen Waliu (Captain Walz,) a final year student of the Department of Microbiology, of University of Ilorin who beat up a female lecturer, Mrs. Zakariyau last week has explained the reasons for his action.
According to aggrieved Waliu, he went to the office of the lecturer to beg her for waivers on her mandatory SIWES course which he missed due to an earlier unexpected event.
The apparently desperate student also claimed to have met Mrs. Zakariyau numerous times, but all led to negative responses before the last Thursday assault on the lecturer.
Waliu, who spoke to University Campus Journalists, UCJ-Ilorin, claimed that ”months before the last Thursday incident, he was arrested and locked up for two months, thereby leading to his inability to attend SIWES duties.”
He said he had gone to Allen Avenue in Ikeja, Lagos State, to meet a friend for the first time. He was waiting for the friend when according to him, he “felt the impulse to urinate.
Salaudeen added that he urinated near a car parked by drainage when he was challenged by someone who must have washed the car.
He said he was accused of being a thief and was not allowed to explain himself before mob descended on him, meted out jungle justice and handed him over to the police which led to his detention for two months.
The final year student said after the incident in Lagos, he approached Mrs. Zakariyau to explain to her his ordeal but the lecturer said there was no help to offer, except he joined the next set which would result in an extra year.
He said on the fateful Thursday when he entered the lecturer’s office, she ordered him out of her office.
” I got angry, I didn’t know what came over me, I started arguing and she told me to leave her office, I told her if I don’t leave, what is she going to do?
Salaudeen said the female lecturer did not fight 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,” he stated in the security cell of the institution where he was locked up since he was returned from ‘F’ Divisional Police station, Tanke in Ilorin, the Kwara state.