The Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State, has expelled six students who brutalised a female student, Boluwatife Adekunle, outside the campus of the institution a few weeks ago.
The video of the brutalised student went viral at which Nigerians registered their anger and requested the university’s authorities to investigate the matter. Watch the video here.
The expelled students are, Popoola Olaniyi, Oluwadare Tobiloba, Nandi Jessica, Ajuwon Emmanuella, Emmanuel Taiwo and Alao Cecilia.
The six sanctioned students were reported to have brutalised Boluwatife following an allegation that she revealed how the boyfriend of one of the expelled students tried to forcefully have sex with her (Boluwatife).
Speaking on the issue, the Deputy Director, Corporate Communications of FUTA, Adegbenro Adebanjo, in a statement, said the decision of the institution was in line with the recommendations of the disciplinary committee set up to investigate the matter, which reported that the erring students went against the rules and regulations of the school.
In part, the statement read: “The expulsion is sequel to the recommendation of an investigative panel which probed the incident that took place in an off-campus hostel on Saturday, November 16, 2019.
“The expulsion is in line with the position of page 48 of the 2019/2020 student’s handbook which prescribes expulsion from the university for students who engage in, physical assault or battery on another student outside the university premises. As a consequence of their expulsion, their studentship of FUTA ceases forthwith with all its rights and privileges.”
The statement cautioned that the punishment was not in direct response to the public’s outcry but was in line with the provisions of the existing rules and regulations of the schools.
“The punishment meted out to the affected students is not to pander to the justifiable public outcry that greeted their odious act but in tandem with the rules and regulations as contained in the students’ code of conduct as stipulated in the university handbook and oath of matriculation which all students are made to sign and subscribe to,” Adebanjo concluded.
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