Twenty-four students Delta State University, Delsu, were on Thursday expelled, a punishment they received alongside twenty-six others for misconduct and alleged forgery.
Delta State University Vice-chancellor, Prof. Victor Peretemode, who confirmed this said that some of the affected students, who formed a larger number, were handed down suspension of between two to six semesters, and would resume at the expiration of the sanctions, while the twenty-four students expelled from the university were indicted for misconduct and certificate forgery.
Daily Post reported that he said “in continuation of the campaign to restore discipline to academics, the students were “axed” for misconduct and alleged forgery of their school certificates.”
According to him, the affected students were departmental presidents of Mass Communication, Economics, Political Science, Sociology, Business Administration, Geography and Regional Planning departments.
Some of the affected students claimed they were innocent, claiming they were being victimized by the university Management. However few others admitted they were guilty, and appealed to the management to rescind the decision.
It was further gathered that the recent development in the university has raised serious reaction as some of the students kicked against the university’s decision to expel twenty-four of the students, many of whom were faculty presidents: a situation that had also raised serious tension and fear of the unknown.
One of the expelled students, Alex Eruogbo, a two hundred level student of Geography and Regional planning, however appealed to the management and the state Governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa to intervene as he was ready to turn a new leaf.
In 2017, in effort to reduce examination malpractice to the barest minimum in the university, the Management of the Delta State University (DELSU), Abraka, meted out a stroke of disciplinary action on new defaulters as no fewer than 84 students were handed various rustication sanctions ranging from two semesters to six semesters, while 14 of them were expelled from the university.