Fifteen students of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (UNIZIK) in Awka, Anambra State, have been expelled for various offences that contravened the school regulations.
In the resolution made at its 335th regular meeting to consider the recommendation of the school’s disciplinary committee, the Governing Council ratified the students’ expulsion.
According to the school bulletin, the affected students were found guilty of crimes, including armed robbery, sexual harassment, possession of arms, theft, cultism, fighting, Indian hemp smoking and forgery.
The management suspended Victory Chinedu Mbaegbu of the Department of Science Education for two sessions for phone theft. He was directed to visit Prof Michael Ezenwa of the Department of Psychology for counselling.
Ikechukwu Victor Chukwunweike of the Department of Public Administration, Somtochukwu Ilogbede of the Department of Civil Engineering, and Precious Obiriki of the Department of Computer Science were expelled after they were found guilty of alleged armed robbery.
The Disciplinary Committee also recommended the expulsion of Joseph Ikechukwu of the Department of Anatomy, and Christopher Isinetugo of the Department of Medical Rehabilitation, for cultism and possession of arms.
Seven students were expelled fpr forging their results. They are Fidelis Okoye Onyebuchi of the Department of Civil Engineering, Ifunanya Eze of the Department of Public Administration, Dubem Okeke, Inegbeose Samuel and Lawrence Ozalla of the Department of Business Administration, Tochukwu Okoye Emmanuel of the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Nwanneka Obiorah of the Department of Accountancy.
For smoking Indian hemp and being involved in admission racketeering, Amaka Nkem of the Department of Medical Rehabilitation, and Chukwuka Unabia of the Department of Medical Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy, were recommended for expulsion by the committee.
The management directed the expelled students to return their Identity (ID) Cards and other property of the school in their possession to the security department.
A lecturer of the Department of Mass Communication, Dr Allen Adum, said the varsity took the decisions after a “fair and just” trial by the Disciplinary Committee. He said the affected students neglected their primary aims in the university to engage in vices that contravened the school rule.
Students’ Union Government (SUG) Vice President, Grace Awazie, hailed the management for the action, saying most of the affected students had been tormenting residents of off-campus hostels.
A Public Administration student, Sylvester Okoli, said the decision was harsh, noting that the management should have suspended the affected to serve as warning. He said their expulsion would leave their parents and guardians dejected.
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