THE Federal University of Technology Akure, (FUTA) on Tuesday announced the expulsion of six students, who were reportedly found culpable in the physical bullying of a female year one student.
The institution had disclosed this via a statement issued on its Facebook page, signed by its Deputy Director, Corporate Communications, Adegbenro Adebanjo.
A video that went viral on November 16 showed clips of a female student being assaulted by a group of students in a room, comprising four females, a male and one who recorded the incident- a total of six, in a room which said to be located off the school campus.
The video clip also showed the odious act by the six students beating the female student, because she had refused to go on her knees.
According to a report, the male student is a school father to one of the female students in the video clip. It was alleged she had a misunderstanding with one of the females, so the school father was asked to help deal with the said victim.
So, at the behest of the university management, a disciplinary panel was set up to probe the incident, of which its findings led to their expulsion. Such, the institution said, “was gross misconduct and breach of the University Matriculation Oath”.
“The expulsion is sequel to the recommendation of the University Disciplinary Panel which probed the incident that took place in an off-campus hostel on Saturday, November 16, 2019, and adjudged them culpable of gross misconduct and breach of the University Matriculation Oath,” the statement read.
“The Expelled students are: 1. Popoola Olaniyi Agboola IDD/ (300L) 2. Oluwadare Faith Tobiloba FST ( 200L) 3. Nandi Yohanna Jessica IPE/ ( 200L) 4. Ajuwon Tolani Emmanuella FAT/ (100L) 5. Emmanuel Funmilayo Taiwo FAT/ (100L)and 6. Alao Olabimpe Cecilia CSP/ (100 L)”
It said the expulsion was in line with the position of Page 48 of the 2019/2020 Students 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 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,” the statement read.
FUTA noted that it would not tolerate any form of indiscipline or breach of university regulations.