The management of Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) has denied that its security men assaulted Mrs Folake Shokoya, mother of one of its student, Bolutife Idowu, on July 11, 2018 at the institution’s Ikorodu campus.
Mrs Shokoya who alleged that she ended up with a broken lip, bruises and torn clothes, accused the polytechnic’s security unit of assaulting her when she responded to a call from Idowu, a National Diploma II student of the Hospitality Management Technology Department, that he was beaten wearing earrings to the campus.
However in a counter statement to the claims of the student’s mother, LASPOTECH Deputy Registrar, Information and Public Relations, Olanrewaju Kuye, disclosed that Mrs Shokoya had attacked the security guards instead and refused all entreaties to settle the issue amicably.
The statement from the management of LASPOTECH which was made available to The Nation, reads in part;
“On Wednesday, 11th July, 2018 at about 4:30pm, a male student; Olowu Bolutife (National Diploma II, Hospitality Management Technology Department) was apprehended by the security personnel and refused entry into the Ikorodu Campus for wearing earrings which is totally against the dress ethics of the Institution.
“Further instructions to remove the earrings if he desired to enter the campus were rebuffed by him, and he was subsequently taken to the Chief Security Officer’s (CSO) office.
“The CSO eventually warned him and was placed on security watch for seven days to further determine his “identity” on campus and was released to go thereafter.
“Exactly two hours later, a woman who was later identified as Mrs. Folake Shokoya came to the security office in company of the student. Initially, she requested to see the CSO over a message from commanding Officer 174 Battalion, Odogunyan. She however ran out of patience when the so-called student diverted her attention to the security personnel Mr. Moses Hitler that earlier seized his earrings. She queried him for the effrontery he had for seizing the son’s earrings, assaulted him, tore his clothes and slapped him severally and scattered the whole office in the Security Unit.
“All efforts to release the officer from her grip was seriously met with stiff opposition as she displayed a rare effrontery to face anyone that attempted to stop her.
“The CSO was alerted by the noise and rushed to pacify the situation. Despite the action of the CSO, she continued to exhibit her hooligan demeanor, scattering everywhere.
“As that was on, the Commanding Officer 174 Battalion called to appeal on her behalf and requested for settlement, which the CSO considered and settled the fracas she created.
“Surprisingly after the settlement, she later reported again at the Sagamu road Police Station to complain of an assault on her.
‘I wish to state here emphatically that the security personnel of the Polytechnic will not assault anyone neither will they deny entrance access to any student who is well dressed and well behaved.”