The University of Abuja (UniAbuja) says none of its lecturers was beaten by students as suggested in a recent viral video.

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A video had surfaced online last week showing students of banking and finance clustered around an official — alleged to be a lecturer of the institution — to submit their scripts after an examination.

It was, however, claimed that the students pounced on the lecturer after he collected their answer scripts 45 minutes into a three-hour examination.

But in a statement to TheCable Lifestyle, Habib Yakoob, the institution’s spokesman, dismissed claims that the students in the video were beating a lecturer.

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According to Yakoob, the students were only rushing to submit their papers to an “invigilator” after the exam came to an end.

“The attention of the University Management has been drawn to a short viral video on Thursday 25th February 2021 in which students of the University were purportedly beating up a lecturer for asking them to submit their scripts just 45 minutes into a three-hour examination,” the statement read.

“The University authority wishes to state categorically that no such incident occurred on the University campus. In other words, none of the UofA lecturers was beaten up by students.

“Our analysis of the immature video reveals that the students were milling around possibly an invigilator (who is not even clearly shown in the clip) in an attempt to submit their papers after the time’s up was announced.

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“The University states that our lecturers are well-cultured and trained to respect both students and time, and so could not have stopped on-going exam when time’s not up.

“Students of University of Abuja are currently writing their First Semester examination without hiccup, and we continue to pray and encourage them to work harder so that the efforts that this great University is making all the time to inculcate in them the virtue of good character and learning will not be in vain.”

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect UniAbuja’s stance on the viral video.

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