UNILAG Lecturer: Asthma Saved Me From Being Raped By Baruwa

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Certification page of Agnes’ project signed by Baruwa
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My God if this lady’s story is true then we pray that God will
keep Mr Baruwa in prison so that other ladies will be free atleast. From her narration
it seems Mr Baruwa is a serial rapist. It is so annoying. The most annoying
part is that even when s3xually abused female students write school
authorities, on their alleged rape or almost raped, the school authorities do
little or nothing to the lecturer and the female student later turns out to be
the liar there, the bad person trying to pull another down.


I also passed through a Nigerian institution, and I think if
the school authorities refuse to listen to students this will never stop in
higher institutions. But I know God will keep punishing every rapist disguised
as a lecturer and every authority who refuses to fight for such a student by
punishing the lecturer will also partake in the punishment of the lecturer when
God visits him with His anger.

I am asking God to punish them because, even parents
sometimes can’t help their daughters. And even when the matter is reported to
the police nko? Oh dear let us leave that for another day. Good riddance…
Please read her FULL NARRATION below. 

Three days after a Saturday Punch report detailed how a
part-time lecturer of the University of Lagos, Akin Baruwa, allegedly raped an
18-year-old admission seeker, Shola (not real name), a 28-year-old former
student of the lecturer, has come out with a revelation of how she barely
escaped being raped by the accused.
The young woman, who spoke under the strict condition of
anonymity, explained that the sexual assault of the 18-year-old girl provided a
window of opportunity for her to expose what she went through in the hands of
Baruwa.
In February 2014, Agnes (not real name) was finalising her
undergraduate project at the Distant Learning Institute of UNILAG. She told
Saturday Punch she was like a prey, which fell into the lap of Baruwa, when she
was reassigned to him after her supervisor retired.
Agnes explained to our correspondent that she felt a surge
of anger when she realised that some reactions to Shola’s story showed that
some people did not believe the poor girl’s story.
She explained that she felt obligated to share her own story
as a way of showing solidarity with the girl.
  
Agnes said, “I finished my project around December 2013. It
was around that time my supervisor, who was a very pleasant woman, retired. I
was reassigned to Mr. Akinfolarin Baruwa. I got his number and called him on
the phone and he told me to come the following day.
“He fixed the appointment around 5pm the next day. I went to
meet him in an office in the Faculty of Business Administration, which he
shared with another lecturer. I noticed it was the other lecturer’s name that
was on the door.
“When I got to his office, I noticed that there was a
student that came to submit her project also. She was from the Lagos State
University. So, I supposed he was also doing part-time work at LASU.
“While I was there, other students came to submit their
projects also and he told me to wait outside. Later he started sending me on
errands. He would tell me to go and make one photocopy or another or buy things
for him. I was patient and did everything he asked.
“He did all these until around 8pm when he eventually looked
at my project. As soon as he opened the pages, he flung it away. ‘What kind of
rubbish is this?’ he said. He said I would have to start the project from the
beginning.
“Mr. Baruwa told me that everything I did was rubbish. He
said I did not cite a particular reference somewhere and said he would report
me to our course adviser for plagiarism and I would be given an extra year. He
just wanted to hold on to something just to rubbish my work.”
Agnes alleged that it was at this point that she started to
beg Baruwa. She claimed that she was on her knees because she was writing exams
and most of her colleagues had already finished their project.
“There was also a deadline I had to meet for the submission
of the project. I explained all these to him and begged. Later, he said I
should drop the project that he would see what he could do about it,” Agnes
said.
According to Agnes, Baruwa does not have a doctoral degree.
She said he was a part-time lecturer, who was assigned students for supervision
and given invigilation roles during examinations.
It would be recalled that the management of UNILAG had on
Monday, denied having Baruwa under the employ of the institution despite the
fact that he supervised the final projects of many students in the Faculty of
Business Administration.
Infact, Agnes, who is now married, showed our correspondent
a copy of her undergraduate project, bearing Baruwa’s name and signature.
Agnes said after Baruwa softened on his threat that she
would have an extra year, she went down on her knees to thank him but while she
was mouthing her appreciation, the man allegedly moved around the office
closing the blinds.
“He brought out some fruits from the fridge. I thought he
was preparing to go home when he was doing that. He was clearing the books on
the sofa. He said, ‘is that how to say thank you?’ I only knew something was
amiss when he suddenly locked the door,” she said.
“Before I knew what was happening, he pulled me and put my
hands on his manhood. He grabbed my breasts and I began to struggle with him.
He started to forcibly remove my clothes. I was shocked beyond words. I felt
really violated.
“He grew more aggressive as I fought him off. I screamed but
I knew my screaming would do nothing because the office is opposite the UNILAG
guesthouse by the seaside.
“I am asthmatic. As he was about to force himself on me, I
realised that I was beginning to have breathing problem as if an attack was on
its way. I decided to lay still and I started breathing excessively as if I was
already having asthmatic attack. I started to beg him as I breathed heavily. I
told him, ‘Please, I can’t breathe, I have asthma.’
“He then left me alone after that and apologised. He said he
was not usually like that and that he was only aroused. He said I should just
give him a ‘handjob’ (fondle his manhood with my hand) instead. I started to
beg him again and pretended as if I wanted to faint. I told him to open the
door in order for me to get fresh air.”
Agnes said as she rushed out of Baruwa’s office, she was in
so much shock that she lost her bag with , out knowing. She said the shock was
so much that she fell down and could not move.
According to her, her troubles did not stop there.
She claimed that the next time she went to Baruwa’s office
for her project, she had to tell a friend to follow her.
She said, “He must have sighted me from afar because when I
told him that I was around, he just dismissed me that he had no time. He gave
me an appointment for early morning but I went there some minutes after 7am. He
said, ‘You think you are smart eh? You are playing with your graduation.’
“After I eventually got the project back from him and went back
to submit, there was a little activity in his office then. He told me to wait
outside. As the office cleared and the lecturer he shared the office with left,
he called me inside.
“He started to force himself on me again and I started
begging that I had a fiancée. He said ‘So?’ In broad daylight, he was fondling
me. But as I resisted him and dragged myself from his grip, my shirt tore. I
was infuriated. I stormed out of his office and threatened that I was going
straight to the vice chancellor’s office.
“He became aggressive at this point and shouted at me that I
should get out of his office. He said I would never graduate. I was so angry
that I was going straight towards the senate building.”
Agnes said she was later called back by someone who knew her.
She claimed that some officials in the faculty intervened in the matter that
day and that when Baruwa was approached on the issue, he feigned ignorance.
“He said, ‘Me? I was only telling her about the corrections
she had to effect on her project and told her to come back when she started
shouting.’ Later, the lecturers were behind closed door with him and I did not
hear what they discussed. When they came out, they just told me to forget the
issue,” she said.
Saturday Punch learnt that Agnes’ problem persisted when it
was time for Baruwa to submit her score sheet to her course adviser.
According to her, every student was mandated to submit a
score sheet to their respective project supervisor, who would in turn submit to
the course adviser.
Agnes said, “Without it, you cannot submit the final copy of
your project or defend the project. In short, you cannot graduate,” Agnes told
our correspondent. “But Mr. Baruwa refused to submit my score sheet. I kept
asking him about it and he kept referring me to the course adviser. He
maintained he had submitted it. But the course adviser kept telling me she had
not got my score sheet.
“He later said something that made me realise he was merely
punishing me for not allowing him to have his way with me. While I was going
through these problems, I heard of other ladies who had the same problem but
could not speak out.
“When the frustration was too much, I had to write a letter
of complaint telling the school authorities to look into my issue with Mr.
Baruwa.
“He later submitted my score sheet after he put me through
so much trouble. By the time I escaped him, I was already psychologically
drained.
“When I heard about the case of this other girl, I just
shook my head because there was no way the girl could have escaped him.”
Despite initial denials from the UNILAG management that it
did not know who Baruwa was, it was learnt that he supervised the final
projects of undergraduates.
Saturday Punch learnt that after Agnes’ report to the school
authorities, Baruwa was stopped from supervising female students. But why he
still retained his part-time duties in the faculty is not clear.
Our correspondent contacted the Public Affairs Officer of
UNILAG, Mr. Olagoke Oke, following this fresh allegation.
He said every allegations against Baruwa would be discussed
by a four-man panel set up by the institution to look into how the suspect got
into the university system.
Asked if the school could now admit that he was indeed
working in the institution and that he was even supervising undergraduate
projects, he said, “That might have been possible in DLI (Distant Learning
Institute). But the panel would look at all these and come out with the report
of its investigation soon.”

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