A married lecturer with adult children in the Ambrose Alli University ‘forced’ a female student of his, Judith Okosun into having sex, the act was filmed and the videotape was flashed everywhere on the internet .
Every faculty, student and family share a common priority in an educational center like the Ambrose Alli University, and that priority is leaning.The Ambrose Alli University will not be the first institution of higher learning in the world to be faced with incidents of corrupt sexual behaviors between unprincipled students and dodgy lecturers or professors.
What is likely to be the first across the globe, is that on July 23rd, 2010, there was dramatic moments of a student, one Judith Okosun, in a chaotic encounter in the latter’s tiny room.
There is a human side to this tragedy, which is the possible shocking response that could occur in persons directly and indirectly involved in this all time and highly published live video.
At the time of his writing, one wonders what the said lecturer and student, their respective families, the administrators, faculty and the student body of the university could be going through emotionally and morally.
There is a feeling of dishonor, indecency and shame that could be robbing on those affected by this hurting incident.
In what manner could the lecturer be thinking at this time even if he is being viewed as dishonorable, what could be streaming through the mind of the student even if she is being described as vicious?
At on point in the video, in what seems to be expressions in the Ishan vernacular, an Edo State dialect of this writer, a female voice, possibly that of a female on-looker or Ms. Okosun could be heard admonishing the highly distressed and near-naked engineering university lecturer; “Oya gbe’, tell me yes ma, Oya gbe (meaning shame on you, tell me yes madam). At which time the visiting but physically shaking, distraught and fenced in lecturer, replied through a nervous laughter, “Yes Ma”.
In the moment to moment recording were traumatic mentions of his wife, and daughter by the streaming and noisy voices of on- looking students. The identified student, Ms. Okosun, could be noticed periodically showing fluctuating display of facial pain and anger, in between phone calls.
At the point of this ugliness, what about their families out there in their respective homes, what could they be thinking is this a real or a fake episode?
For the lecturer’s wife, adult children and other family members, this apparent devastating event could form into an emotional storm and an overbearing event.
There could be feelings of traumatic horror equally manifesting in the affected student’s family. Even the co-female residents of Ms. Okosun, as well as the male students operating the video could be heard periodically mounting off screams of frustration and fury.
And there is no doubt that the families of the video operators could be feeling a sense of traumatic worry over the whole explosion.
How does any one make the families and the faculty, the males faculty mostly, understand the institutional tragedies flowing from this experience.
In the live footage, is a middle aged husband, father and lecturer with a full and open display of his penis per the order of both the female and male students.
So clear, from the entire image is a display of alarm, shame and helplessness beaming across the nation, and globe into various homes, offices, markets, dormitories and other settings.
Under these situations, the need for clear and cool heads through some form of clinical help becomes paramount.
The Nigerian culture historically has little attraction to helpful outlet like professional counseling and therapy, and instead many Nigerians rely much more on religious, tribal and family support or remain indifferent to painful related experiences. Certainly these outlets are part of the African reality.
However, the current institutional traumatic grief stands out markedly, as it is first of its kind, therefore calls for a much more different understanding, assessment and emotional support.
The Psychology department of the University with the help of the two or three Clinical Psychology faculty should set up a Crisis Drop- in- Center in safe like settings. It should be open to any one related or involved with the university. In matters like this one there are natural responses of all types which could include guilt, exhaustion, apprehension, bewilderment or catastrophe.
The overall set up for help should revolve around Institutional Tragedy Assistance. The lecturer in question should be encouraged to receive urgent individual counseling to deal with possible feelings of acute stress, hopelessness, insecurity, gloom and loss.
On a separate basis his wife and children could be scheduled for a critical or an immediate family therapy, and in future another line of therapy with possible inclusion of the dishonored father and husband should be offered.
The student in question, given her reported past frustrations and dealings with this lecturer, and her current feelings of mixed, disgusted emotions and all of her overwhelmed undertakings ,she could gain from a cooling out related crisis intervention.
Her own family could also gain from some sort of supportive counseling. The faculty, administrators and other university staff should be encouraged to come in for counseling focusing on ‘this could have being me’ session.
Also, other students like Ms. Okosun’s co-residents, the students’ video makers and other on-lookers to the graphic scene, could gain from a safe environment like the drop in center to vent their anger and worry over their aberrant acts, the videoing of the episode especially.
And for those whose assessment and intervention showed to be in need of further help, a psychiatrist could become involved for medication evaluation and possible psychotropic medication maintenance.
There is the need for the Vice-Chancellor Sam Uniamikogbo and his administration to realize that crisis intervention is of high importance as it could help the affected players and individuals, the lecturer and the student especially. Immediate therapeutic assistance could help them learn better coping skills, develop good problem solving behaviors, and avoid negative ways of coping such as engaging in self destructive acts like self injury, drug or substance abuse as well as help return the individual to their previous level of functioning.
The commission of inquiry and the probing panel of this incident by the State of Edo under the administration of Governor Adam Oshiomhole, and through an investigatory team at the university are certainly required.
Here’s a Transcript of the conversation between the lecturer and the student, Judith by Kayode Ogundamisi
The sexual harassment encounter between Engineer P. O. Otubu of Ambrose Alli University and a female student “Judith”-The video starts with an approach to a room with a burglary proof gate and a wooden door slightly open behind it. The gate appears locked and Engineer /Professor P. O. Otubu sat on a plastic chair panting after what appears to be a fight between him and student “Judith”
Female voice: Judith
Femaile Voice: I wan talk to you
Lecturer: You don naked me now
Judith: (apparently calling the man) Otubu
Judith: Oh. Sheybi you for don pass me (meaning she already got a passing grade from an earlier sexual encounter with the professor) , make I go. It is better than all this sweat.
Lecturer: the other time I didn’t know your number then
Judith: Ah, ahn, you didn’t know…you did it intentionally
Lecturer: No, no, no no
Judith: So that I will come and you’ll do it again , so that you will f**k
Judith: ( says something in local Edo dialect)
(Lecturer makes a pleading gesture to person filming the incident. Judith appears to use a phone to take lecturer’s picture)
Lecturer: my brother, you are a man. Are you a student?
Male voice: Judith, Judith, Juddith
Male voice 2: (apparently in response to lecturer’s pleading gestures) Wetin you dey beg, you dey beg me? You never see (inaudible)
Male Voice 1 from “film crew”: Judith, Judith, that is okay. Open the door for him. Open for him, open for him. Please open for him
Male voice 2: Open where?
Judith: (apparently in answer to lecturer’s quiet question) I don’t know them o
Lecturer: (to man or men behind camera) My friend
(Judith derides the man’s privates )
Judith: John Thomas (laughs)
Male voice 1: Judith, wey the check wetin e wan sign. E don sign am?
Judith: I no see am see check
Lecturer:E no bounce check now I have the check
Male voices: Oya sign them now. You go sign that check before you leave this place o. Which bank?
Lecturer: (apparently answering) Bank PHB…
Ale voice 1: okay I have somebody that can verify it for me
Lecturer: As soon as they pay in June salary, you cash it
Male voice 2: June salary? We should be waiting for June salary?
Male voice 3?: no, noooo. No.
Male voice 2: Sign it first
Male voice: where is the car key
Male voice: Sign it first
Judith: (Appears to be talking on the phone ) Honey? Ohhhh, e tell me say my car no…I dey video am sha, normal….my love
Male voice: E don sign am
(Judith , whilst on the phone, pulls lecturer’s trousers stripping him nearly naked)
Male voice: Judith, let him sign the cheque first now. (Shouting) Let him sign the cheque
(Whilst Judith is pulling the man’s trousers)
Female voice : Let am sign the cheque
Male voice: let am sign the cheque
Male voice: no worry, e no bounce
(man talks inaudibly)
Male voices keep calling out to Judith
Male voice; leave that man
Judith (still with phone to her ear says to lecturer): Put your hand down
Male voices support her request by shouting the same to lecturer
Male voice: What are you still waiting?
Female voice: Put your hand down
Judith: Put your hand down. Oya snap us. Put your hand down
(Lecturer complies revealing a shrivelled up penis)
Judith: Put your hand down.
Male voice: stay close, stay close
(lecturer smiles sheepishly)
Judith: (slaps his back because he has pulled his trousers up again.) Put you hand down. You are covering your john Thomas
Male voice 1: Put your hands down . you see you are covering it. Put your hands down
Lecturer: Are you taking it? (apparently asking if they are filming / taking pictures)
Judith: Oya, Snap am o. I hope e get memory card
Male voice: yes, yes
Male 2: better memory card, you never see
Judith: you are not going anywhere.
Male voice1: you are not going anywhere. Come come come come, see
Male voice2 : The fact is, If this cheque bounce, this photograph will get around this school
Male voice: settle us first, settle us now first
Lecturer; I beg, give me something to wear
Male voice: I gave you something to wear – that white knicker. Put this on , wear that one
Lecturer: I will wear it on top of it
Male voice: wear it on top. You can go with it . It is my own
Male voice 2: I wanted to give him my knicker if he he can pay for it
Female voice: Go sit down. Your own no pass money (she says apparently to the boy who wanted money for his own shorts) – instead make una dey beg my sister
Male voice: I don beg o. I don beg o
Lecturer: This is pass…Its cheque book
Male voice: There are some things inside ( the ma’s trousers). Give her everything to hold (must be female voice) so that nothing is missing
Male voice: Where is the cheque book? Where is the cheque book
Judith: If you do not put this thing, I will call your wife
Female voice: e say e wan sign cheque now
Male voice: Sign the cheque, before you do anything
( A lot of behind the scene conversations. People are asking what is going on )
Judith: Which date e go put for the cheque
Lecturer: June salary
Male voice: we don’t even know when…
Male date : put any date there
Lecturer: (inaudible utterance) soon as they pay, just come and cash it. This Monday
Make voice2: If you put Monday the Cheque is going to bounce because June salary…Monday is not okay. Put month end
Male voice: What is on the 30th?
Lecturer: It is Friday or so.
Male voice: okay put 29th
Male voice 2:You go settle our own?
Lecturer: I have already put 30th
Male voice: hope that signature is your signature. Or else you go see yourself , inside TV today
Male voice: This one clear. E clear like DVD nah. This lecturer?
(lecturer gives a frowning Judith the cheque, smiling and petting her)
Male voice: show the cheque, show am, show am
(someone holds cheque up to camera)
Male voice: This is the cheque? From Mr Okosun. N100,000
Male voice 2: N100,000?
Is N100,000 okay by you
Judith: He’s paid (inaudible) N500..(rest inaudible)
(Lecturer tries to hide face behind cheque. Voices ask him to bring his hands down from his face)
Male voice: your father
Lecturer: (smiling) you are abusing me?
Male voice: you know wetin lecturer don do me for this school?
Lecturer: Which course are you doing?
Male voice: Why you dey ask me?
(Apparently to Judith’s further protests)
Male voice: Its ok , its ok. Here is your cheque. Hold the cheque
(The cheque appears to be in the name of one Okosun)
Male voice 2: Sign that cheque on the back. Sign that cheque on the back. Put your name , your number and….your name your number and your home address
Female voice: Do all this thing, make you open this door
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