Our people say, the word of a thief’s mother does not contain a grain of truth.
It is true that whatever I tell you now may seem like a lie but I can swear by the Bible or Al Qurani, which ever you bring before me, that what I am about to tell you is the truth and nothing but the truth
Every body is accusing me of being caught pants down trying to have sex with a student for marks.
It is not true.
What you all saw in the video is a huge deception, they said I stripped naked because I was about to have sex with a student who is the same age as my own daughter, this isn’t true.
Even if the girl is very attractive and I don’t have a wife living with me, what you saw in that video is not a true reflection of what actually transpired.
This is my story.
I am a lecturer at one of the universities in the south west. I have been lecturing in the past 22 years and I have been good on the job. Now, you know on campus, these small, small girls are everywhere, they will pretend to be innocent but they are devils in disguise. They will come to your office at odd hours, asking silly questions, questions they will not ask when you call for questions in class.
So, I was in my office that day when this small girl came. I recognized her as one of my daughter’s friends; she was in final year and she took some of the courses I teach.
She came asking whether I had seen my daughter. Yes, my daughter too is a student in the university but she doesn’t live with me, she comes in once in a while to my house which is not far from the university and that’s how I even met this friend of hers.
So, when she asked whether I had seen my daughter I just thought she wanted to use it as an excuse to begin to talk to me. I remember telling her I had no idea where my daughter was at that time. I then asked her to call her after all, they were supposed to be friends.
Anyway, that is how this slip of a girl began to come to my office saying she wanted me to be her supervisor. How would that happen? Because you see, the department always assigns supervisors to all final year students. She wasn’t assigned to me, how would I just move her like that? Not possible.
Well, unfortunately, I fell into her trap, I fell into a trap set by a small girl. I entertained her because I honestly believed I was entertaining my daughter’s friend, a girl who could easily be my own child. She was sharp and very witty.
I took an interest in her like a father/ daughter interest. I would ask her if she was studying well and avoiding trouble on campus. You know that sort of thing.
When she told me she had a boyfriend, I gave her a fatherly advice; ‘don’t let this boy do bad things to you so you can finish your education and not have to stop schooling.’ I even advised her against sleeping around with lecturers, yes, I did. It is rampant.
Then one day, she said I should please advise her about the boy who she said was in a cult and was disturbing her. I asked her how she knew the boy was in a cult. She said every student knew he was a cultist. I advised that she be careful and that if she needed protection, she could come and stay with me. It was a father/daughter advicr I gave to her.
I had no idea she had ulterior motives. That girl!
She agreed to come and stay in my flat; I live in a three-bedroom flat, I have a lecturer friend as well who also shares the flat with me but there is a spare room. I thought the girl would come and take the spare room, to help her escape the unwanted advances of the cult boy.
Unbeknownst to me, it was all a set up!
So on the day, when she decided she was going to come stay at my place, I mean to take up the spare room in my flat, she came in the evening and met me at table with my flat mate, the one I said is also a lecturer.
As she met us at the table, I told her to go to the kitchen and get a plate of food for herself. She went into the kitchen, got food and we were all eating. We were still eating when I heard loud knocks on my door. I wondered who that would be at that time, it was about 8.30ish.
Before I could get up, my door was broken in and I saw about 6 or 7 boys enter my flat. My first thoughts were, these had to be armed robbers because they were wielding knives, machetes, and some other sharp weapons.
Immediately they entered, I just lifted up my hands in surrender. I then began to wonder, what thing of value do I have that 7 heavy thieves would come looking for?
I was not done thinking when their leader landed me a dirty slap across the face. I begged him, I told him I had no money on me. I noticed at that moment that the girl stood at one corner looking at all of us. My flat mate was of course flat on the floor as soon as he realised we were being invaded.
Then they began to interrogate me.
They asked me what the girl was doing in my house. They asked me what connections I had with her. They asked me why I wanted to sleep with her for marks. In short, they asked me how many rounds I had planned to go with the girl.
That was when I realised this was all a set up. The girl had set me up with her so called boyfriend in the cult because, where were all those questions leading to?
I looked at the girl, she did not seem afraid of the boys, she seemed to know them. That was when I began to beg her to talk to her ‘boys.’
They shouted at me to keep quiet! Then they asked me to remove my clothes. When I refused, they began to beat me and threatened to use those sharp weapons on me. I began to remove my clothes, one after the other, then I noticed one of them was filming on his phone. That is how I was stripped naked. That is part of the video you saw. I was not naked because I wanted to have sex with my students, I was naked because I was set up!
So you are asking me if I was really interested in the girl. I ask you, what girl? It was never about the girl, it was just a sick joke by some cult boys and that is it!
(series written and edited by Peju Akande and based on true stories)