Akwa Ibom State University Suspends 4 students for misconduct
Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) has suspended four students for Misconduct. According to a press release signed by the Head, Directorate of Information, Public Relations and Protocol, Mr Akaniyene Ibanga the four students were suspended due to their involvement in a rape case which has cause a major embarrassment to the University.
The suspended students which include: Akpan Udeme Mathe, Essien Godwin Fidelis, Bassey Courage Joseph and Bassey Godspower Columbus allegedly raped a student of the department of Performing Arts and Mass Communication.
The Statement reads
Kindly be informed that the Vice -Chancellor of Akwa Ibom State University has taken appropriate disciplinary measures against the four students who have recently been involved in rape cases and caused embarrassment to the University Community. Letters issued and signed on 8th April, 2019 on the directive of the Vice-Chancellor by the Registrar and Secretary to Senate, Mr. John E. Udo to the four culprits clearly state “The University has received a security report that on Saturday, March 23, 2019, you in company of three others allegedly raped and caused severe bodily harm to a female student of the Department of Performing Arts and Mass Comnunication”.
The perpetrators of this act are: AKPAN Udeme Matthew (AK15/ART/HIS/009), ESSIEN Godwin Fidelis (AK16/SMS/MAS/019), BASSEY Courage Joseph (AK16/ART/PFA/009) and BASSEY Godspower Columbus (AK16/SMS/PAD/012), students of the Departments of History and International Studies, Mass Communication, Performing Arts and Public Administration respectively, all in Obio Akpa Campus, Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.
The letters further indicate that in line with the University rules and regulations enshrined in the Student Information Handbook, chapter 11, subsection (iv) and (xiii) and chapter 11, subsection 11.6 (ii) page 70, the Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of Senate, has directed that the studentship of the aforementioned should be suspended indefinitely with effect from the date of the letters, for this gross misconduct which constitutes a breach of the Matriculation Oath. The suspension is pending the outcome of the investigation by the Police and the report of the Students Disciplinary Committee.
Furthermore, Deans of Faculties as well as Heads of Departments are by the letters informed to ensure strict compliance with this decision. The Chief Security has also been directed not to allow the four students entry into the University Campuses during the period of their indefinite suspension, unless they are expressly invited by the authorities of the University.
Mr. Akaniyene Ibanga
Head, Directorate of Information, Public Relations and Protocol