There has been outrage from several quarters following a viral video that showed some lecturers of Rivers State University, Port Harcourt, using scissors on a female student.
A video trending online has shown two lecturers of Rivers State University (RSU) trying to cut the har of a female student.
The lecturers identified as Blessing Timothy (female) and Melford Itari (male) tried cuttiing the hair of the student, Princess Amadi, on the school campus, in Faculty Law.
In the video, male lecturer can be seen holding the student down while the female lectuer tried cutting her hair.
The Student’s Side of the Story:
Princess, the said said the lectuers tried cutting her hair because they felt it was too long, hence violated their dress code.
She also said they were angry becuase of the hairs color, a color she has been carrying since last semester.
“It happened on Thursday at 11 am. They were going round for sensitisation on dress code. I was leaving my class and she (Timothy) called me to where she was. She started asking me: ‘What’s wrong 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 turned around saying ‘my hair is not long.’
“What do you mean by that? Is this the approved colour of hair?’’ Princess quoted the lecturer to have asked.
“You’re trying to show that you’re very stubborn,’’ she quoted the lecturer to have said.
She revealed that the lecturers insisted that even if her father was the governor, they would still have her hair cut.
The video showed the student struggling with the lectuers while avoiding to get hurt by the sharp object.
Watch the video HERE or below:
Students Association Reacts:
According to Punch, the Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN), in a letter sent the Faculty of Law Dean, Prof Christian Wigwe, and copied the Varsity Chancellor, Prof Nlerum Okogbule, condemned the assault on the student.
The letter 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,’ called for an immediate desciplinary action on the lectuers.
The letter read partly, “My attention has been brought to a distasteful and highly scandalous video emanating from your Faculty which showed an unruly display of aggression, intimidation and conduct likely to cause bodily harm, and disdain for the dignity of students by some lecturers of the Faculty masquerading as dress code enforcers.
“As evidenced 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.”
“LAWSAN hereby demands that immediate disciplinary action be taken against the lecturers involved,” the statement read.
The statement while revealing that the lecturers allegedly smashed the phones of students who were said to be recording the incident, called for compensation for the students whose phones were said to have been destroyed.
The President of LAWSAN, South-West Zone, Comrade Richard Solomon, while also condeming the action disclosed that the school managment has invited them to have a discussion.
“Our position is clear; everyone has a right to personal liberty, an inalienable right. Also, the faculty of law has rules guiding it, it is expected that students abide by those rules. On the other hand, whether or not a student has violated any rule, it is not sufficient for anybody to take laws into their hands. I feel that those rules should not be taken up by a person but by the law itself.
“I have seen the video, I don’t have the detail yet, but the code of conduct should be followed. The indiscriminate cutting of people’s hair or writing on their shirts, I think that is overrated. That is out of place. The discussion has been ongoing for over 24 hours now. My deputies are not happy 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 said.
We’ll give our take on Monday, Hopefully – Dean of Students
Reacting to the case, the varsity’ Dean of the Directorate of Student Affairs Students, Prof Bright Opara said the school managment will hopefully breaf the public on Monday.
In his words: “I’m just receiving a report from the SUG President now. I don’t have the detail from those involved,” he said.
On what dress codes or hairstyle ]were available for the students of the institution, Prof Opara said he couldn’t make comment at the moment, “I can’t make comment now until I get the detail 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.”
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