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Tortured for eight hours: Ajayi Crowther varsity VC guarantees justice for slain pupil

The Vice-Chancellor of Ajayi Crowther University, Oyo State, Prof Timothy Adebayo, on Monday, vowed to make sure justice is served within the case of a pupil of the varsity allegedly tortured to demise by a few of his college mates.

PUNCH Online studies {that a} 200-level engineering pupil of the college, Alex Timileyi, was overwhelmed to demise by his colleagues on Saturday over a declare that he stole a cell phone.

The pupil was allegedly overwhelmed to demise inside a hostel referred to as Shepherd Inn on the varsity premises.

Addressing stakeholders on Monday, the vice chancellor mentioned, “Nobody wants to face this type of very serious happening in his life. In my 34 years of experience in the university, and my fourth year as the Vice-Chancellor of this university, I did not pray for and I have never witnessed this. I have never thought of it happening.”

According to him, the incident unfolded on Saturday round 8.30am, when the college’s safety personnel found a pupil’s physique in entrance of one of many hostel rooms.

“I asked him to take the boy to the health centre immediately with the hope that he was still alive. On getting there, when they looked at him, they could not handle the case. We found out that he was brought to the hospital in town dead. That is where the whole story began,” Adebayo mentioned.

He added that the college administration launched an investigation which revealed a disturbing narrative.

“From our preliminary investigation, the first story we heard was that he was bullied by fellow students and that after the beating, they left him without telling anyone,” the Vice-Chancellor disclosed.

“Questions of where the hostel porter and the security were aroused. This is because we have porters and securities in each of our hostels. We got the porter arrested without interrogation to find out what actually happened,” he added.

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He famous that the coed meeting, referred to as ACUSA, offered a video recording of the perpetrators within the act.

“From the video, we are able to destring their names and faces. The first arrest by the police had about 20 of them. They were packed in my car, the student union car and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s car to the police station. They were handcuffed and made to sit on the floor,” the Vice-Chancellor revealed.

Emphasising the college’s zero-tolerance coverage in the direction of harassment and bullying, the Vice-Chancellor said, “We do not condone any form of harassment or bully in our university. We have cases of students who were expelled from the university when they tried it.”

He added that the investigation progressed, the authorities have been capable of establish the important thing perpetrators accountable for the assault, hair-shaving, and video recording.

“As we speak, the boys are with the police in Oyo here and are being taken down to the state police headquarters, Iyaganku,” the Vice-Chancellor confirmed.

Adebayo expressed his profound sorrow and remorse, including, “To me, it is a very sad and heinous crime. I am not a policeman, neither am I a lawyer but whoever has blood running in his veins will know that what they did is not right.”

He added that the varsity has prolonged its help to the sufferer’s household in Abuja, dispatching a crew led by the Registrar, accompanied by the Dean of Student Affairs and a priest.

Additionally, the Vice-Chancellor declared two days of lecture-free mourning to honour the departed pupil.

“I continue to say without the students, there won’t be any school. We cherished our students and their well-being. We called you to let you know what actually happened and the steps that we have taken so far. We cannot hide it.” the Vice-Chancellor affirmed.

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