Fresh crises may be brewing at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, as the school authorities has expelled six final year students for allegedly spearheading the February 17, 2017 demonstration which engulfed the school.
The students are: Elvis Onuoha, a final year student of the Department of Animal Science Technology; Collins Ogbonna, of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology; Odunze Ebuka of the Computer Science Department; Kenneth Megwa, Prosthetics and Orthotics Department; Nnamdi Madu and Collins Ugwu of the Department of Optometry.
The school management directed the affected students to immediately vacate the hostels and handover all the university’s property in their possessions to the Dean, Student Affairs, desist from entering the university campus without the approval of the Vice Chancellor and to stop presenting themselves and taking part in student-related activities with immediate effect.
The expelled students were alleged to have organised the students’ protest despite the warning of the Students Union Government (SUG) and without proper channel of communication within the university which the school management believes is a gross misconduct.
The students had embarked on peaceful protest to register their displeasure over the increase in tuition fees but which turned violent, and resulted in the destruction of the computer centre, buses, amongst other properties.
The school had been shut down since the incident while panels of inquiries were set up to identify the causes of the mayhem and suggest ways to avoid a repeat.