By Adnan Tudunwada
Crisis is brewing between the Kano State University of Science and Technology chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and the State Security Service, SSS, following a squabble between a member of the union and the Chief Detail of the state deputy governor.
The Chief Detail, Kabiru Yusuf, allegedly slapped a lecturer with Forestry Department of the Faculty of Agriculture of the university, Aminu Panda, as a result of “little altercation” at the deputy governor’s office recently.
The incident occurred a day after a Postgraduate Scholarship was offered by the state government to some lecturers, with Mr Panda as one of the beneficiaries.
Witnesses say the lecturer went to the deputy governor’s office, who is also the Commissioner of Education, to submit his bond and other documents, but ended up receiving a slap from the Chief Detail after some misunderstanding.
It ensued when Mr Panda was refused entry into the office, a situation that led to exchange of words and assault.
When DAILY NIGERIAN contacted the deputy governor’s Chief Detail, he confirmed the incident but denied having a hand in it.
“Yes it happened at the office of the deputy governor where I am serving as Chief Detail, Mr. Panda refused to follow the protocol, bragging that he is a lecturer, he is not here to beg, no one will stop him from gaining access into the office.
“I was not involved in the misunderstanding, it was between him and my men.
“As their leader, they reported him to me and I did the right thing. I didn’t slap him. But he should have respected the protocol and my men on duty.
“He went on arguing with them to the extent of his being slapped by one of my men. It is his misbehaviour that provoked them and caused all these (on him),” Mr Kabiru explained, without naming the affected officer.
He added he deputy governor’s office deserves some respect from the lecturer, saying protocol must be followed in the office of the second citizen of a state.
Mr Yusuf said the matter has been resolved.
“ASUU and the Vice Chancellor of the University have settled the matter. We are now in good term with Panda. I heard that he is now in France for his studies. No need of you compiling the report.
“I am not afraid of anyone. Let me tell you, of recent a similar incident occurred between the CSO of the Villa and a journalist and nothing happened,” said Mr Kabiru.
All efforts to contact Mr. Panda over the matter proved abortive.
When DAILY NIGERIAN contacted the ASUU chairman of the university, Mahadi Yakubu, he confirmed the incident, insisting that they would follow up the matter until justice is done to their member.
“We will not continue to allow the harassment of our members by security officials. We have written to the authorities over this incident and the Deputy Governor himself. We will not relent until justice is done.
“To tell us that the misconduct of our member is what provoked them to have taken that action is nonsense. Who asked them to take law into their hands by slapping a university lecturer and a father?
“We will follow this matter to its end. I am emphasizing that justice must be done and the SSS official must not go scot-free. If we allow it, he will do it to other people.
“We heard that it is his habit abusing and harassing visitors at the Deputy Governor’s office,” Mr Yakubu added.