The University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, has stated that no decision has been made against Chidinma Adaora Ojukwu, a 300-level Mass Communication student who publicly recounted how she stabbed her lover, Super TV CEO, Mr Usifo Ataga, to death a few days earlier in the Lagos neighborhood of Lekki.
Chidinma, 21, told reporters about the incident as she was being paraded for the crime by the Lagos State police command at its headquarters in Ikeja.
In an interview with the Saturday Tribune on Friday, UNILAG’s Deputy ViceChancellor (Academics and Research), Professor Oluwole Familoni, said that while the university was shocked by the news, it could not take any immediate action against the student.
Professor Familoni explained that this was because the university had yet to receive an official report on the allegation leveled against the student from the appropriate authorities, particularly the police.
He claimed Chidinma committed the alleged crime far from the university campus, making her actions personal and unrelated to UNILAG.
He claims that, while the university does not claim that all of its students are saints, it does not teach them how to murder people or do wrong things.
“So, it is unfortunate for us at UNILAG that the girl is not a good ambassador for our university. But we can’t disown her because of her alleged behavior, which the school completely condemns,” he explained.
He insisted that what Chidinma had done was still on the pages of newspapers and other media platforms “as of today” (Friday), and that the university could not act on that basis.
“So, if the university is to do anything on the matter, especially now,” he stressed, “it will require official communication from appropriate authorities, particularly the police, to the university.”
Professor Familoni pointed out that even with that, one thing is clear: once a student is in police or correctional custody, he or she cannot be in school, let alone register for courses, attend lectures, or take exams.
“So, if they write us that our student has committed a criminal offense of any kind, the law will take its course, and she will invariably be unable to qualify to remain as our student.
“However, as I previously stated, that could only happen if the matter is officially communicated to us,” Professor Familoni emphasized.
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