Four students of the Akwa Ibom State University, have been suspended indefinitely for allegedly raping their female colleague.
The suspension follows the need for them to be interrogated to help the Police unravel the truth of the rape allegation filed against them.
The Head, Directorate of Information, Public Relations and Protocol of the University, Comrade Akaninyene Ibanga, who said this maintained that the students would be expelled if they were found guilty of the offence after investigations
“There is no way the police would exonerate them because the victim has obtained a medical report to back up police findings. Once the police conclude their investigation and send their report, the university would expel them if found guilty”, he said.
A release signed by the Head of Information unit of the institution, Mr Ibanga, gives the names and registration numbers of the students as Akpan, Udeme Matthew (AK15/ART/HIS/009); Essien, Godwin Fidelis (AK16/SMS/MAS/019), Bassey Courage Joseph (AK16/ART/PFA/009) and Bassey, Godspower Columbus (AK16/SMS/PAD/012) respectively.
Mr, Ibanga also mentioned that the suspension letters issued to the culprits and signed on 8th of April, 2019, on the directive of the Vice-Chancellor by the Registrar and Secretary to Senate, has it that “The University has received a security report that on Saturday, March 23, 2019, you in company of three others allegedly raped and caused severe bodily harm to a female student of the Department of Performing Arts and Mass Communication”.
For this, Ibanga said the Vice-Chancellor had directed the indefinite suspension of the students up until they have been cleared by the Police.