The Ignatius Ajuru University of Education in Rivers State has suspended two students for one academic year over comments on social media.
The suspended students are Sunday Idongesit Okpokpo of the Department of Political Science and Chibuzor Remmy of the Department of Educational Management.
The school also demoted the students for what it described as inciteful comments.
Sunday Okopoko of the political science department was suspended for calling on students to demand a suspension of final year examinations because the school had only recently resumed academic activities.
“Only the Senate of the University has such powers,” the school said in the announcement published on its Facebook page.
Chibuzor Remmy was suspended for calling on students to protest against school authorities’ failure to make banking easier for students. The school had only one bank on campus, the student said.
In a suspension letter Director, Students Affairs, Dr. C.A. Ajie warned that both students must not to be seen on any of the three campuses of the institution unless on invitation.
Meanwhile the Centre for Basic Rights Protection and Accountability Campaign has condemned the suspension of the two students over their comment on Facebook.
The Centre said freedom of expression is a right under Nigeria constitution not a privilege while calling on the University’s management to review and rescind the decision.