In line with a recent report making rounds in the media that the Lagos State Polytechnic (LASPOTECH) security men assaulted one Mrs Folake Shokoya, who doubles as the mother of one of the institution’s student, Boluwatife Olowu, on July 11 at its Ikorodu campus, the management of the citadel of learning have come out officially to tag the report false.
It is apt to note that before now, Folake has accused security men at the institution of brutalising her and her son who was said to have worn earrings to school.
She went further to also claim that the security men, who insisted that he must have been a cult member pounced on her son, beating him mercilessly.
Amidst all the drama, Boluwatife [her son] extricated himself from their brutal grip and went ahead to call on his mother, who rushed down to find out why such savagery was visited on her son. She reportedly got a raw deal – a broken lip, bruised legs and face and a torn dress.
In light of this, the Deputy Registrar (Information and Public Relations) Olanrewaju Kuye via a press statement made available to the media disclosed that Mrs Shokoya allegedly attacked the security guards and refused all entreaties to settle the issue amicably.
The statement reads: “On Wednesday, July 11, at 4:30 p.m, 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’s) 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 the Commanding Officer of 174 Battalion, Odogunyan (Ikorodu). She, however, ran out of patience when the student diverted her attention to a security officer, Mr. Moses Hitler, who earlier seized his earrings.
“She queried him for the ‘effrontery’ he had for seizing her son’s earrings, assaulted him, tore his clothes and slapped him severally and scattered the office in the Security Unit.
“All efforts to release the officer from her grip were seriously met with stiff opposition as she displayed a rare effrontery to face anyone who attempted to stop her.
“As that was on, the Commanding Officer of 174 Battalion called to appeal on her behalf and requested for settlement, which the CSO considered; he settled the fracas she created.
“Surprisingly, after the settlement, she reported at the Sagamu Road Police Station 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 access to any student who is well dressed and well behaved.”