The Vice President of Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife Students’ Union, Tosin Jacob aka Emerald, says she resorted to using a broken bottle to defend herself during a clash over N3.8m because she feared she might be sexually attacked, Punchng reports.
The clash occurred during an Exco meeting on the utilisation of N3.8m recently disbursed to the union by the school management. Emerald explained that she was scared of being mobbed or gang-raped, alleging that she had earlier been threatened sexually and physically. .
It would be recalled that Emerald and the Social Director of the union, Adedayo Emmanuel aka Lamba, had engaged in a bloody clash on Tuesday evening. .
While Lamba sustained a minor injury, Emerald is currently admitted at the Seventh Day Adventist Hospital, Ile-Ife, after being allegedly head-butted by Lamba. .
She shared her story on hospital bed on Friday, lamenting that other members of the union executives (all males) connived against her over her stand against financial mismanagement. .
Emerald, who complained that she was molested and assaulted in the meeting, noted that she might have suffered more injuries without self-defence. .
She said, “There was a gang-up. I was detained against my will, taunted, overpowered and severely beaten by Lamba in the presence of the president and other union executives.
The major issue for discussion was how to spend the N3.8m. There were all kinds of phantom projects being proposed and I was convinced that these projects were just ploys for the diversion of the fund.
I disagreed with most of the deliberations. The president instructed that all exits be locked and that I had to be a part of the meeting at all cost. I began to raise my voice that I was being held against my will. I got into a struggle with Lamba at the door.
In order to make me comply, he pushed me aggressively several times and at some point hit me and pulled me back. I eventually got hold of a bottle to defend myself. The speaker of the parliament later forced his way into the room to salvage the situation.”