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As the story of the alleged killing recently of Super TV CEO, Mr Usifo Ataga, by Chidinma Adaora Ojukwu, a 300-level Mass Communication student of University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, in the Lekki axis of Lagos continues to spread, the institution appears not in a haste to take any decision against her.
Chidinma, 21, on Thursday, publicly recounted how she stabbed her lover, stated that while she was being paraded for the crime by the Lagos State police command at its headquarters in Ikeja.
Speakingon the matter on Friday, UNILAG’s Deputy ViceChancellor (Academics and Research), Professor Oluwole Familoni, said although the university received the news with shock, it could not take any instant decision against the student or disown her.
Professor Familoni said this was because the university was yet to receive any official report from the appropriate quarters, especially the police, on the allegation levelled against the student.
He said Chidinma committed the alleged crime far away from the university campus and therefore her action was personal and had nothing to do with UNILAG, pointing out that even though the university was not claiming that all its students were saints, it does not teach its them how to murder people or do wrong things.
Said he: “So, to us in UNILAG, it is very unfortunate that the girl is not a good ambassador of our university. But then, we can’t disown her because of her alleged action which the school totally condemns”.
He insisted that what Chidinma had done, “as of today” (Friday), was still on the pages of newspapers and other media platforms and the university could not act based on that.
Stressed Familoni: “So, if the university will do anything on the matter, particularly now, it will require official communication from appropriate authorities, particularly the police, to the university”.
Professor Familoni pointed out that even at that, one thing was clear and that is, once a student is in police or correctional custody, such a student cannot at the same time be in school let alone register for courses, nor attend lectures nor do any examination.
Noted he:“So, if they write us that our student has committed a criminal offence of any type, definitely, the law will take its course and that invariably means she will not be able to qualify to remain as our student.
“But as I have said, that could only be when the matter is officially communicated to us”.