Following the death of Abdulrahman Dauda, the student of Lagos State Polytechnic, now Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUSTECH), Staff Secondary School recently killed by a speeding vehicle, three workers of the institution have been remanded in Kirikiri Maximum Prison pending legal advice from the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), Lagos State.
Mr. Kuye Lanre, the public relations officer of the institution, revealed this to FIJ on Thursday.
When further asked to provide more details on the case, Lanre declined on the premise that the matter was being handled by a court of law.
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“As I speak with you, three of our colleagues are in Kirikiri prison awaiting the DPP’s advice. So, I cannot comment on that,” Lanre told FIJ on the phone.
During FIJ’s visit to the school on Wednesday, Fagbenro Ibrahim, the acting principal of the school, simply told our reporter that the matter was in court, adding that “the Lagos State Government has taken over the case”.
MORE DETAILS ON THE INCIDENT
A security guard who refused to mention his name explained to FIJ that on the day Dauda’s mother came to organise a solo protest in front of the staff school’s gate, the management drafted him and others to the scene to ensure orderliness.
He said, “The day his mother came, the university management deployed us to the scene. As a father, I pitied the woman. As a result of the incident, the management had directed us to join the secondary school security team,” he told FIJ.
“Let me also tell you that the school was immediately closed down when the event happened. They just resumed last week to allow the students continue their examinations.
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“I do not know at what point he died. But he was rushed to a hospital,” he said, believing this reporter was a student of the institution.
He was unable to provide a response to our reporter’s question on how Dauda could run pass both the staff school’s gate and the university’s main gate without being stopped by either of the teams of armed and unarmed security personnel stationed at both gates.
A female security guard at the institution said until the incident, the security guards manning the university were never posted to the staff school.
“As you can see, our uniforms are different; ours is orange while the staff school’s is black with white stripes. However, the incident prompted the management to ask us to join them (staff school) in manning their gate,” she explained to FIJ.
A campus driver also explained to FIJ that Dauda was said to have given his fellow student a chemical substance when they were in the school’s laboratory.
His words, “They were in the laboratory on that day and they said he gave his friend a chemical solution. His friend consumed it and went unconscious. He’s now fine.”
“With fear, and in an attempt escape a reprimand, he ran out of the school. As his his teacher was chasing him, he was crushed to death on the expressway in front of the university.
“He was not a small boy. He was in Senior Secondary School 2 and was about 18 years old. Unfortunately, the driver who killed him sped off.”
Our reporter observed a heavy presence of a joint team of security agents, such as policemen and soldiers, on the campus during his visit.
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A video clip of Dauda’s mother, which was posted by a tweep who identifies as Nifemi with the handle @slaywithadmiral, went viral after she staged a one-man protest to demand justice for her son.
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Nifemi had tweeted the video with a hashtag, #Justiceforabdulrahmon, on November 30.
Efforts to contact Dauda’s mother for comments had not been successful at press time.
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