RIVER STATE UNIVERSITY EXPELS SIX UNDERGRADUATES OVER GANG RAPE.

The management of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has declared the expulsion of six of its students for various offenses, including the gang-rape of a female colleague in one of the hostels.

The Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Prof Ndimele Ozo-Mekuri, said this in a statement in Port Harcourt on Wednesday.

In the statement titled: ‘Expulsion from the university, the VC said three of the students were expelled after the school’s disciplinary committee found them guilty of rape.

The statement read in part and i quote “The Senate of the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education has expelled the following students from the university for various offences: Mr Bekwele Ogbondah Godspower, UE/ACCT/B.ED4/0100  Accounting Department, who defrauded fellow students of their schools fees and issued them fake online university receipts. The majority of the victims in level 100 in the 2019/2020 session lost their admission.

“Mr Linus Hans, UE/2018/BSc.Ed4/0525 – Accounting Department, for stealing a fellow student’s phone; Mr Nnamdi Destiny, UE/2018/POL.SC/BSc4/0062 – Political Science Department, involved in the gang-rape of a female student in the hostel; Mr Samuel Valentine, UE/2017/POL.SC/BSc4/2059 – Political Science, involved in the gang-rape of a female student in the hostel; Mr Chukwuemeka Amajuoyi, UE/THA/BA4/0019 – Theatre and Film Studies, involved in the gang-rape of a female student in the hostel; and Mr Ovunwo Henry Junior, 100-level and not yet issued matriculation number as at the time of the incident.”

Reacting to the expulsion, a rights group, the Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign, lauded the Senate of the institution for the action in which it will serve as a warning to others.

The group’s Head, Women Mobilisation, Uzoma Kelech also said in an announcement that the university’s management had confirmed that issues of sexual violence did not have a place in the school.

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