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.