Ogun poly expels female student caught with codeine, cannabis

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The rector of the Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro in Ogun State, Mukail Akinde, has confirmed the expulsion of a female student, Susan Isoyo, who was arrested by the operatives of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, 10 months ago.

The rector made this known during a media briefing to usher in the school’s combined 2024 convocation ceremony on Tuesday.

Isoyo who was accused of dealing in illicit drugs was caught by the operatives of the NDLEA in April 2023, with codeine-based cough syrup and 283 grams of cannabis.

After Isoyo was taken into custody and later released by the NDLEA, the school brought her before a panel which found her guilty of the offences pressed against her and subsequently sent her off the school campus.

Speaking with newsmen on the matter, the rector noted that the school detests any situation that could bring its name into any form of disrepute.

Akinde said, “When the news went viral, we did not rush to take action because we have a law internally and there are laws guiding the outside campus. We are not in charge of the external law.

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“We allowed the law enforcement agencies to exhaust their laws after which we commenced our own internal rule.

“Immediately she was released, we commenced our internal process of disciplinary action and I can tell you that the student is no longer our student. She has been relieved.”

Speaking on measures taken to curb a replication of the incident, the rector said the school has commenced a routine drug tests for its students, vowing that anyone caught with traces of hard drugs would be immediately expelled.

His words, “We have a policy in place that allows us to test our students whenever we observe anything strange about any student and once we discover that there is a trace of hard drugs on any student, we send such a student away regardless of the son of whoever the student might be.

“This process has in no small measure helped the school to curtail cultism on our campus and we must also thank our traditional ruler, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, who has in no small measures helped us to curtail cultism and other social vices.”

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