By; PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Authorities of Akwa Ibom State University have announced suspension of four students for allegedly raping a female student of the institution at Obio Akpa Campus in OrukAnam Local Government Area.
The Head, Directorate of Information, Public Relations and Protocol of the University, Mr. Akaninyene Ibanga said the students were first suspended by the university authorities as a normal procedure to allow them attend police interviews as part of investigations by security agencies to established their level of involvement in the crime.
Mr. Ibanga disclosed that the university would expel the students based on the outcome of police investigations on the matter.
He said the police cannot exonerate them because the victim has obtained a medical report to back police investigation.
“There is no way the police would exonerate them because the victim has obtained a medical report to back up police findings. Once the police concludes their investigation and send their report, the university would expel them”
In a release signed by the Head of Information unit of the institution, Mr Ibanga showed names of the perpetrators and their registration numbers as 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 respectively.
The release further read, “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”
According to the release, the 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 stated the offence committed by those accused.
“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”.
He explained that the suspension letters were issued in line with the University rules and regulations as enshrined in the Student Information handbook.
He said the Vice-Chancellor, on behalf of Senate, has directed that the studentship of the culprits should be suspended indefinitely with effect from the date of the letters, for their gross misconduct which constitutes a breach of the Matriculation Oath.