Bullying: Ekiti varsity expels two students as police begin probe

The authorities of Bamidele Olumilua University of Education, Science and Technology, Ikere Ekiti, have expelled two female students over the bullying of a colleague in a viral video.

This was as the Commissioner of Police in Ekiti State, Mr Adeniran Akinwale, said on Tuesday he had ordered an investigation into the bullying incident involving students of the school in the viral video.

BOUESTI Public Relations Officer, Mr Temitope Akinbisoye, said in a statement on Tuesday that a disturbing viral video on social media platforms showed “One Miss Opemiposi Precious Bolaji, an 18-year-old 100L Mass Communication student beating her colleague identified as Miss Gloria Ajayi, a 100L Mass Communication student, in a private hostel outside the University campus.

“The university authorities condemn in strong terms, any form of violence or misconduct in our university or by any of our constituents. Such behaviour is entirely inconsistent with the values we uphold and the standards of respect and dignity that we expect from all members of our university.

Akinbisoye said, “In accordance with our institution’s policies and extant regulations, the affected students appeared before the Students’ Disciplinary Committee at its emergency meeting held on Monday, May 6, 2024.”

He said that having considered the report and recommendations of the SDC, the University authorities had expelled Bolaji, “who was beating her colleague with a stick and threatening to inflict bodily harm on her having found her guilty of misconduct and flagrant breach of her matriculation oath.”

The PRO said that Osaro, “who provided the stick with which Ajayi was beaten, was found guilty of misconduct (as an accomplice) and flagrant breach of her matriculation oath and consequently expelled with immediate effect.”

The BOUESTI spokesperson added that Miss Mistura Adejuwon and Miss Precious Olanrewaju, “who gleefully recorded the video and posted it on social media were warned and advised to always report such incident to the Directorate of Students’ Affairs and the Security Unit of the University rather than escalating it on social media.”

He added that Mr Olawale Ajewole, a 200L Mass Communication student, “was exonerated for making efforts to lock Miss Ajayi inside a room to prevent further beating.”

According to him, the committee and the university authorities exonerated Miss Ajayi, “who was seen being beaten in the viral video but did not retaliate or engage in fisticuffs with her tormentors.”

The PRO, who reiterated BOUESTI’s zero tolerance for all forms of indiscipline, said the institution was committed to fostering a safe and inclusive environment for all members of the university community.

He said, “We encourage anyone who witnesses or experiences any form of harassment, abuse or violence against any student to report it immediately to the appropriate authorities.”

Meanwhile, the CP, Akinwale, had directed the Ikere Area Commander to liaise with BOUESTI management and “ensure the perpetrator is identified, investigated and made to face the legal consequence(s) of her barbaric action.”

The Commissioner, in a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, Ekiti Command, Sunday Abutu, implored members of the public to be calm and avoid taking laws into their hands as necessary action is underway.

He stated, “The State Police Command is not unaware of a video circulating currently on social media where a female student of BOUESTI was seen assaulting and molesting her fellow female student. The Command describes the act as inhumane and unacceptable.”

Recall that there has been outrage over bullying in schools recently as parents are seeking justice for victims and an end to the menace.

The PUNCH