Students challenge Ajayi Crowther University over expulsion
Some of the recently expelled students of Ajayi Crowther University (ACU), Oyo has challenged the Institution’s decision, alleging that they were wrongfully dismissed.
The university’s Senate had in April announced the expulsion of 14 students for contravening the aid down rules of the institution.
But one of the affected students, Tosin Aiyemoniafe, told The Guardian that he was wrongfully accused and treated by the university authority.
Aiyemoniafe, a 300 level Business Administration student of the university said, “On the evening of April 11, a list of about 70 students was published to appear before the disciplinary committee on April 12, 2017 by 9 a.m. I did not bother to check the list because I never thought my name could be there. It was about 8.45 am when a friend called me and asked why I was not at the venue, I had to attend as instructed.
During the interrogation, I was surprised when the committee alleged that I was caught smoking Indian hemp in November 2016. I was asked to defend the allegation. I simply told them that I have never smoked even cigarette in my life and I was asked to go”.
Asked about the procedure that is usually followed in such circumstances, Aiyemoniafe said: “The customary thing is that when a student is caught doing such things, a picture of such student is taken, security officers are called in, the student would be made to write a statement and the remnants of whatever he or she is smoking would be obtained as evidence; before such a student completes a misconduct form”.
Another student, Segilola Olanrewaju, also denied any allegation of wrongdoing saying he was just a victim of circumstance.
Already, parents of the two students have written to the school threatening to seek legal action to clear the name of their wards.
Meanwhile, the institution’s vice chancellor, Prof. Dapo Ashaju insisted that the decision of the council on the affected students was final.