A Federal High Court sitting in Owerri, the Imo State capital today Thursday 6th July, 2017 heard a case brought before it by six final year students of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, FUTO , challenging their expulsion for participating in the February 17, 2017 demonstration which engulfed the school.The immediate past Public Relations Officer of the SUG Comrade Ogbonna Collins popularly known as “FUTO-Rochas”, a 500-level student of the Department of Fisheries and Aquaculture was arrested alongside others by the officials of the Department of State Security and subsequently detained. It takes another protest from the students before they were released.
The students alleged that since the appointment of Professor Francis Eze as the Vice Chancellor, all the fees in the university have gone up and students are being compelled to pay bank charges of N2,500 to Diamond Bank, the only bank on campus. The bank, obviously overwhelmed by the over 35,000 student population, was unable to cope with the deadline for payment of fees as announced by the university management.
Some students told ifeanyicy.com that most of them have no university identity cards, despite having paid for such. They further alleged that they are compelled to pay for ICT on the grounds that the university would provide Wi-Fi, but the university failed to do so. Regardless, fees for services not provided were equally increased.
Our sources gathered that the FUTO Senate sat on 30 March and resolved to expel Elvis Onuoha, a final year student of the Department of Animal Science Technology; Collins Ogbonna, of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Technology; Odunze Ebuka of the Computer Science Department; Kenneth Megwa, Prosthetics and Orthotics Department; Nnamdi Madu and Collins Ugwu of the Department of Optometry.
The school management also directed that the affected students should immediately vacate the hostels and handover all the university’s property in their possessions to the Dean, Student Affairs, desist from entering the university campus without the approval of the Vice Chancellor and to stop presenting themselves and taking part in student-related activities with immediate effect.
, a decision the students have vowed to challenge with all legal means.