Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) Students’ Union Vice President, Jacob Tosin ( Emerald ) and the Director of Social, Adedayo Afolabi ( Lamba ) fought dirty on Tuesday, 5th of September, 2017 at the CEC meeting that held at the office of the President of the Union, Oyekan Ibukun.
Investigation revealed that the kerfuffle is connected to N3.8 million Students’ Union backlog fund released by the University management on Thursday, 31st of August, 2017.
We gathered that the council resolved to embark on some projects with the backlog fund which include; refurbishment of union library, construction of SUB relaxation centre and construction of staircase around Alumni-Archi axis while the Vice President, Emerald expressed her displeasure over the decision because they declined her proposal.
The Welfare Director of the Union, Ajiboye Adekanmi, who spoke to our reporter in an interview was quoted saying:
“The Vice President was not pleased with the decision because we denied her the funds for fresher’s package. We told her to wait for the disbursement of of 2016/17 session but she flared up.”
“While she proceeded to the door to exit the meeting, Lamba engaged her but she raised alarm of harassment. Emerald attacked Lamba first before he retaliated. Later, she opened the fridge of the president but could not find any bottle except a malt bottle on the shelf which she broke to attack Lamba. When both party engaged in another round of physical combat, Lamba headbutted the Vice President, Emerald. They both sustained injuries and they were taken to university health centre”, Welfare Director said.
The Financial Secretary of the Union, Omisakin Kehinde also shared story related to that of the Welfare Director with our reporter.
“We got a backlog from management and we all discussed on what to you the money for. Emerald raised the issue of fresher’s package which was discarded since she already has N1.4 million in her proposed budget. She hot vexed. While trying to leave, Lamba blocked her but she slapped Lamba. Both engaged themselves physically before we could separate them.”
“Emerald searched fridge, later got a bottle on the shelf, broke it and charged Lamba while Lamba also headbutted her”, Omisakin stated.
The Secretary General of the Union, Boluwajaiye Adeoluwa, while speaking in a public group said the matter was not a big issue. He said two grown up individuals were unable to control their anger and it escalated.
However, the PRO of union, Okediji Simon Zuma and the President, Oyekan Ibukun denied any form of interview with our reporter on the saga.
While speaking with Lamba in a telephone conversation, he told our reporter that he only prevented the VP from going out which led to the saga.
“When we could not meet her demand, she vexed but I held her back jokingly. She slapped me times without number, broke bottle and I headbutted her which was self defense”, Lamba argued.
Meanwhile, on getting to the University health centre we were told that the Vice President, Emerald has been transferred to 7th day Adventist Hospital, Ile Ife due to the fact that government doctors embarked on strike.
On our visitation to the 7th day Adventist hospital, we met the University Acting Chief Security Officer, Mr. O. Babatunde who said the Vice Chancellor of the institution has ordered the security unit to investigate the incident and file comprehensive report to his office.
He said: “The Vice Chancellor is already aware of the matter, he has placed to me that we should investigate and file comprehensive report before today the end of Today. Fighting is becoming too rampant and we are getting irritated with the officers behavior”
He further buttressed that the management don’t want to regret reinstatement of the Union.
However, all efforts to speak with Emerald proved abortive as she was seen receiving drip with swollen face at the time our reporter got to the hospital.
One of her friends who spoke to us under the condition of anonymity for security reasons said the VP was mercilessly rough handled by the Director of Social and nobody sees anything wrong with Lamba deeds.
While reacting to the incident, a member of the SU parliament, Ayuba Quadri was quoted saying:”It’s quite sadder and embarrassing that, isn’t only some ridiculous adults that have brought the country into the present degeneracy, but, it’s sufficed also to acknowledge the retrogressive roles played by youths in this downfall, we are as a nation, today.”
Another student who pleaded anonymity also told our reporter that the Union is fast becoming a death trap and if care is not taken, the union leaders will dent the image of the institution.