The Federal University Gashua (FUGA) in Yobe State has denied reports that one of its senior lecturers, Dr. Samiu Dagari, was flogged by its students. A video posted online shows a group of people brutally assaulting the lecturer. The attack is believed to have been in response to allegations made by Dr. Dagari that some politicians in Nguru, his hometown, are involved in sorcery, sodomy, and other nefarious activities. The incident reportedly occurred during the just-concluded 2023 elections.
However, the Registrar of the University, Dr. Abubakar Mamuda, in a statement, denied the claim and described the video as a deliberate attempt to mislead the public and tarnish the image of the university and its students. He stated that the attack on Dr. Dagari was carried out by thugs hired by a politician and took place in Nguru, not in Gashua, where the university is located.
“The said incident did not occur in the university, but rather in the hometown of Dr. Dagari and at his family house. The attack was executed by some thugs sponsored by a politician. The thugs who assaulted Dr. Dagari are not students of the Federal University, Gashua,” the Registrar said.
He went on to say that the incident has been reported to the appropriate security agencies and that an investigation is ongoing. The Registrar stressed that Dr. Dagari is a popular senior lecturer adored by his students and the entire university community, and that the university is committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of all its staff and students.
The incident has sparked outrage on social media, with many Nigerians expressing their concern over the safety of academics in the country. There have been several reports of attacks on lecturers and students in recent years, with many blaming the government for not doing enough to protect them.
In response to the incident, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called for greater security measures to be put in place to protect academics and students from attacks by thugs and other criminal elements. The union has also called for a thorough investigation into the incident and for those responsible to be brought to justice.