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FUTO expels 6 final year students over protests

FUTO expels 6 final year students over protests

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.

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