UNIBEN expels five students over alleged misconduct
The management of the University of Benin , Benin City , Edo State , has expelled five of its students for allegedly leading a protest against an increase in tuition fees .
Our correspondent gathered that some of the affected students , who were members of the Students Union Government at the institution , were also barred from holding any office on the campus or participating in students union activities .
The expelled students were accused of staging a students ’ demonstration on November 24 , 2017 , due to the hike in tuition , an action the university authorities described as intended to disrupt the institution ’s 47 th Founders ’ Day Lecture and the 43 rd Convocation Ceremony .
The Public Relations Officer of the university, Mr . Michael Osasuyi, who confirmed the Senate ’ s decision on Monday , disclosed that two of the erring students were suspended for two academic sessions , while the others will miss one academic session each.
Osasuyi listed those affected by the decision as the current President of the Students Union , Osamudiamen Ogbidi , Justus Aidenagnon, Innocent Momodu , Goodnews Ehiabhi and Patrick Majekodunmi.
Our correspondent also learnt that the Vice President of the SU , Frances Okogwa , will lead the union in acting capacity, pending the conduct of an election .
Osasuyi, who spoke to our correspondent on the telephone , stated , “A committee was set up to investigate whatever transpired . With the committee ’s findings , the matter was sent to the disciplinary committee .”