Some lecturers of the Rivers State College, Port Harcourt, have bene caught on digicam utilizing scissors on a feminine scholar.
Now, there was critical outrage from a number of quarters following a viral video that confirmed the mentioned lecturers of Rivers State College utilizing scissors on the feminine scholar.
The incident was mentioned to have taken place on Thursday on the College of Regulation.
Within the video obtained by our correspondent, the lecturers, who have been recognized as Blessing Timothy (feminine) and Melford Itari (male), have been seen forcibly making an attempt to chop the hair of the feminine scholar, recognized merely as Princess Amadi.
The male lecturer was holding her down whereas the feminine lecturer was utilizing scissors on her.
Chatting with The PUNCH on Friday, Amadi narrated her ordeal, revealing that she was humiliated and extremely embarrassed by the lecturers.
“It occurred on Thursday at 11 am. They have been going spherical for sensitisation on gown code. I used to be leaving my class and she or he (Timothy) known as me to the place she was. She began asking me: ‘What’s mistaken together with your dressing?’ ‘My bag?’ I replied. ‘Your bag is not my issue,’ she answered. ‘I asked her, what?’ ‘Are you asking me?’ She replied, turning to ask her colleague, ‘tell this girl what is wrong with her dressing. ‘ ‘Your hair, the colleague said. ‘My hair?’ I rotated saying ‘my hair is not long.’
“What do you imply by that? Is that this the authorized color of hair?’’ Amadi quoted the lecturer to have requested.
The scholar famous that she, like different college students, had been coming to the college with the hair, noting that brown attachment had at all times been used within the college even for the reason that final semester.
She famous that the lecturer flared up as a result of she (Amadi) was responding to her, saying she was very cussed.
“You’re making an attempt to point out that you just’re very cussed,’’ she quoted the lecturer to have mentioned. She revealed that the lecturers insisted that even when her father was the governor, they might nonetheless have her hair reduce.
She narrated how she was pinned down by the male lecturer, Itari, whereas the feminine lecturer, Timothy, reduce her hair.
Within the video, it was seen how Amadi struggled with the 2 lecturers, whereas additionally making an attempt to keep away from being injured by the sharp object.
Scholar leaders fume
In a letter directed to the Dean of the College of Regulation of the College, Professor Christian Wigwe, signed by Lawyer Basic of the Regulation College students Affiliation of Nigeria, Kelechi Nwodo, on Thursday, titled, RE: PHYSICAL ASSAULT, HARASSMENT, HUMILIATION, ABUSE, AND WANTON DISPLAY OF ARBITRARINESS UNBECOMING OF LEGAL PRACTITIONERS/LECTURERS ON STUDENTS OF THE FACULTY OF LAW, RIVERS STATE,’ the affiliation condemned the assault on the feminine scholar, asking the Dean to behave on the matter.
The letter, copied to the Vice Chancellor of the college, Prof Nlerum Okogbule, learn partly, “My consideration has been dropped at a distasteful and extremely scandalous video emanating out of your College which confirmed an unruly show of aggression, intimidation and conduct prone to trigger bodily hurt, and disdain for the dignity of scholars by some lecturers of the College masquerading as gown code enforcers.
“As evinced in the video, the said lecturers, Timothy and Itari, did not only harass the female student, but also endangered her life as the scissors wielded by Timothy in the video could have caused severe and life-threatening injury to the young student in the course of the encounter.”
The assertion additionally revealed that the lecturers allegedly smashed the telephones of scholars who have been mentioned to be recording the incident. The affiliation described this as “a gross display of impunity and an embarrassing” growth coming from those that ought to know the regulation.
“LAWSAN hereby demands that immediate disciplinary action be taken against the lecturers involved,” the scholars acknowledged.
LAWSAN additionally known as for compensation for the scholars whose telephones have been mentioned to have been destroyed.
Equally, the President of LAWSAN, South-West Zone, Richard Solomon, additionally decried the state of affairs.
The College students’ Union Authorities President of the establishment, Kelechi Omano, when contacted by our correspondent, on Friday, additionally gave the place of the union.
“Our place is evident; everybody has a proper to private liberty, an inalienable proper. Additionally, the school of regulation has guidelines guiding it, it’s anticipated that college students abide by these guidelines. Then again, whether or not or not a scholar has violated any rule, it’s not adequate for anyone to take legal guidelines into their fingers. I really feel that these guidelines shouldn’t be taken up by an individual however by the regulation itself.
“I’ve seen the video, I don’t have the element but, however the code of conduct ought to be adopted. The indiscriminate chopping of individuals’s hair or writing on their shirts, I feel that’s overrated. That’s misplaced. The dialogue has been ongoing for over 24 hours now. My deputies are usually not comfortable about it.
“We have reported the matter to appropriate quarters. The Dean of Students Affairs is in charge. They have invited us for the matter on Monday,” he mentioned.
Administration to present particulars later
When contacted by way of the Phone, Friday night, the Dean of the Directorate of Scholar Affairs of the establishment, Professor Vivid Opara, famous that the administration would give report hopefully on Monday.
“I’m just receiving a report from the SUG President now. I don’t have the detail from those involved,” he mentioned.
On what gown codes or coiffure ]have been accessible for the scholars of the establishment, Prof Opara mentioned he couldn’t make remark in the mean time, “I can’t make remark now till I get the element of the matter.
“If he (the President) briefs me within the weekend, I will know whether the lecturer stays on campus or off campus, then the student who is involved, I will get the two sides and I will be in a better position to brief the Vice Chancellor and what to say to you thereafter.”
Efforts to succeed in the Dean of the College of Regulation, Professor Wigwe, and the Public Relations Officer of the college, Mr. Emeka Egbuchu, proved abortive as they have been but to answer emails despatched on Friday to their official e-mail addresses accessible of the college’s web site, as of the time of submitting this report.