Not less than 23 bona-fide students have been expelled from the University of Port Harcourt, Rivers State. The University Senate approved the expulsion of the students this Friday.
Registrar of the university, Dorcas D-Otto, confirmed the expulsion of the students in a statement made available to the public on Friday.
The Registrar disclosed that:
“the expelled students were found to have engaged in various acts of misconduct, including cultism, assault on lecturers and open threat to law and order in the university.”
“Eight of the expelled students were discovered to be members of cult groups; two assaulted a female lecturer and disrupted a congress meeting; while twelve others were former presidents of faculty associations.”
A body known as Faculty Presidents, was also dissolved by the University Senate for allegedly hijacking the functions of the properly elected Students Union Government as well as threatening the peace on campus.
The University also revealed via the statement, the closure of the University of Port Harcourt for the Christmas and New Year holidays with effect from Thursday, 22nd December.
The statement also said that the university would resume for the 2016-2017 Academic Session on 3rd January, 2017.
The University Registrar said the decisions were adopted at the 426th Senate meeting of the university, which held on Wednesday, and chaired by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Ndowa Lalle.