Yesterday, a drama played out at the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), as the institution’s Registrar, Dr. Modupe Ajayi, physically assaulted Mr. Isaac Adams, the clerical officer in her office.
In addition to a rain of blows, Mr. Adams was also bitten in the head by Dr. Ajayi. The brawl took place at about 9:30 am. The fracas reportedly developed when Dr. Ajayi was told that a memo was printed out on her office printer in her absence.
“On Thursday morning, Mr. Adams was in the office and trying to download a memo written by the university’s Legal Director to the acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Tunde Arayela, in respect of the court order issued to the university concerning the payment of staff salaries.
The memo was posted on our union’s Whatsapp platform but was not easily readable on the phone. This made Mr. Adams use the office printer to print out the memo so that he could conveniently read it,”
explained a source.
However, another staff in the office, with apparent loyalty to the Registrar, went to inform her. This incensed Dr. Ajayi, who came out of her office spewing insults at Mr. Adams and attempted to forcefully retrieve the memo from him.
Mr. Adams resisted the Registrar, who then decided to use physical assault to get it off him. Shewent berserk and bit Mr. Adams on the side of his head and repeatedly assaulted him.
The matter has been reported to the leadership of the institution’s chapter of NASU, the acting Vice-Chancellor and has also been reported at the Okuta Elerin’la Police Station in Akure.
Dele Durojaye, Chairman of the FUTA chapter of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), also confirmed the incident, condemned the Registrar’s action and disclosed that leaders of his union have taken steps in protest against the dehumanization of the clerical staff.