A 200 level student of Akwa Ibom State University, AKSU identified as Joy Nkanang has been suspended “indefinitely” from the school for allegedly calling the university vice chancellor, VC foolish on Facebook.
The student studying in the department of Performing Arts was suspended on May 9th 2019. Ms Nkanang, from Akwa Ibom State, on May 5 made the following post on Facebook: “AKSU what is happening? A dry cleaners shop was robbed last night along college road….”According to reports, she was lamenting about the increase in the rate of cult activities and insecurity around the school environment.
She then went further to write in the comment section:“No…. we don’t want to spoil the schools image…. foolish vc” .The university’s attention was drawn to her “foolish vc” comment which the authority, in the suspension letter, described as “gross misconduct” and a “breach of matriculation oath”.
Joy Nkanang would remain suspended from studies and barred from entering the campus until the conclusion of investigation on her case, the university said.The suspension letter, signed by the school registrar, John Udo, said Ms Nkanang admitted before a meeting with university officials that she did call the vice chancellor foolish.
But a source who witnessed the meeting proceedings said the student was not allowed to make any comment when she appeared before the officials. “They just asked her where she’s from in Akwa Ibom and who her father is. “At the end of the meeting, they told her she is dismissed from school. She knelt down and begged, but nobody listened to her,” the source said.
Akaninyene Ibanga, the spokesperson of the Akwa Ibom State University, said Ms Nkanang may be recalled or expelled from the university when the case is “determined”. Mr Ibanga said the suspended student is yet to be invited to appear before a disciplinary committee of the school. Eno Ibanga, a professor, is the vice chancellor of the university which is owned by the Akwa Ibom State Government.
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