By Faith Igbudu
Vice Chancellor Benue State University (BSU), Prof. Tor Iorapuu has denied the allegation that he physically assaulted a student of the institution.
In a disclaimer issued by the university, signed by the Information Officer, Tse Vanger, he described the story being circulated on social media by one Alabama Joshua Gwebe that the VC slapped a student who was said to run mad as false.
The statement stated that, the Vice Chancellor did not see the said student that morning but was only briefed about the incident after a courtesy call the management had earlier.
The statement appealed to the general public to discountenance the said post as the imagination of the writer and nothing near the truth and frowns at the disrepute it has caused to the personality of the Vice Chancellor. It stated that the university has launched proper investigation into the matter.
It reads in part: “The attention of the Vice-Chancellor, Benue State University, Prof. Joe Tor Iorapuu has been drawn to a libellous, infuriating, injurious and totally conflicting comment purportedly made by one Alabama Joshua Gwebe, alleging that the Vice-Chancellor this morning slapped a student in the premises of the University, who in his post ran mad as a result of the slap. We wish to state that:
“The Vice-Chancellor was not even aware of the said presence of the allegedly slapped student on campus this morning.
“That the altercations the said student who looked like a near mad person had with the school security was even without the notice of the Vice-Chancellor.
“That the Vice-Chancellor was only briefed on the incident after the security had bundled the said student away from the car park of the management staff of the university.
“That the university is with the collaboration of law enforcement agencies trying to find out the motive of the said student and what prompted his actions as we send in this report.
“The Vice-Chancellor was on a courtesy call at the time the purported incident took place and has been attending meetings which were earlier slated for today.
“That the Vice-Chancellor will under no level of provocation physically engage anyone as it has never been characteristic of his character, person or position,” it concluded.