BREAKING: FUTA expels six students for bullying their mate

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The Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) has expelled six students over the bullying of a fellow student.

The expulsion is based on the recommendation of the University Disciplinary Panel earlier set up to probe the incident that took place at an off-campus hostel on Saturday, 16th November, 2019. gathered that the panel found them culpable of gross misconduct and breach of the University Matriculation Oath.

Recall that immediately after the incident, the affected were initially suspended by the school authorities.

The expelled students are Olaniyi Agboola Popoola, Faith Tobiloba Oluwadare, Yohanna Jessica Nandi, Tolani Emmanuella Ajuwon, Funmilayo Taiwo Emmanuel and Olabimpe Cecilia Alao.

While Mr Popoola was until the development a 300 level student at the Industrial Design department, Miss Oluwadare was in 200 level at the Food Science and Technology department. Whereas, Miss Nandi studied at the Industrial and Production Engineering department as a 200 level student.

The other three are all 100 level students with both Miss Ajuwon and Miss Emmanuel in the Food Science and Technology Department while Miss Alao was in Crop Soil and Pest Management department.

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Confirming the decision of the panel reached on Tuesday, university spokesperson, Adegbenro Adebanjo 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”.

Following 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,” Adegbenro who is the Deputy Director Corporate Communications at FUTA said.

He added that the university would not tolerate any form of indiscipline or breach of its regulations. earlier reported that the Nigerian Police was also investigating the actions of the six but is yet to make public its findings.

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