the two had a row over salary increment.
According to a witness, the ODSFA chair beat his subordinate so severely that he inflicted a serious neck injury on her.
“She was infuriated and walked up to the agency chairman to demand an explanation. He got angry and began to beat her brutally,” the source said. Another source at the agency said the workers felt that Ms.
Funmilayo was poorly treated.
“Our Chairman [Akinbobola] increased the salaries of the junior casual workers, who were mostly in maintenance department, to N40, 000 while that of their head, Mrs. Funmilayo, was increased to N42, 000, just N2000 difference. This is what caused the trouble,” he said.
Meanwhile, when the alleged assault victim was contacted, she gave her version of the ordeal. According to her, she was angry about her small increment. After the chairman refused to take her telephone call, she said she sent him a text message asking for an explanation.
“He called me after reading my text message and asked for the meaning of the content in the message I sent to him and I told him the meaning. I never knew he had an agenda in mind, he invited me to come over to his office and I went there. I got to his office and he started embarrassing me, [asking] why did I send such a message to him. During that process a lady came inside the office and I ordered her out because I was still discussing with him. But the next thing was he slapped me and beat me up. He pulled out some of my hair and nearly snapped off my head and threatened to kill me. During the fracas, he broke my neck and ran away after I collapsed on the floor of his office. I can’t turn my neck [any more],” she said. However, some staffers at the agency alleged that the chairman used to date the victim, adding that he tried to humiliate her because she broke up with him and had shunned all efforts to continue the relationship with her.
When Mr. Akinbobola was contacted for a response, he denied assaulting Ms. Funmilayo, claiming that she hurt herself while struggling with him. The chairman, who refused to answer any questions about his alleged romantic relationship with the victim, said: “It’s a personal issue. Please let us end the discussion.” It was gathered that the aggrieved victim’s lawyer has petitioned the Inspector General of Police over the case.