In response to a recent article by Uthman Salami in Punch dated November 15, 2023, it’s important to present a clearer picture of the events that transpired at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta (FUNAAB).
This article aims to correct misconceptions and provide an accurate account of the incident involving Oladokun Ayomide, a final-year student at FUNAAB.
Unraveling the Facts: What Really Happened?
The Incident on November 9, 2023
On November 9, 2023, a seemingly ordinary purchase of a cake by Ayomide from an open store led to an unexpected turn of events.
Unknown to Ayomide, the cake contained a high level of alcohol, resulting in the unintentional intoxication of those who consumed it, including his girlfriend and another lady.
No Malicious Intent
It is critical to highlight that Ayomide had no malicious intent in this incident. This assertion is backed by a medical examination conducted at the institution’s Health Centre. Furthermore, the affected individuals were released from the hospital the next day, evidencing the lack of serious harm caused.
The Importance of Responsible Journalism
This incident underscores the need for thorough and responsible journalism. The initial report, which suggested a deliberate act of poisoning, lacked a complete understanding of the circumstances.
It is essential for media outlets to avoid misinformation and sensationalism, which can lead to unwarranted panic and damage reputations.
Balancing the Story
FUNAAB urges journalists and reporters to practice due diligence in their reporting.
This includes reaching out to all parties involved for a balanced viewpoint. In this case, obtaining FUNAAB’s perspective would have significantly altered the narrative presented in the initial report.
The charges against Ayomide have been dropped, acknowledging the absence of any harmful intent.
This incident serves as a reminder of the power of words and their impact. As we move forward, it’s imperative for all parties, including media professionals, to exercise caution and seek clarity in their reporting.