The Kwara State University (KWASU) has announced the expulsion of no fewer than 87 students for their alleged involvement in robbery, internet fraud and other offences in the last two sessions.
The university added that some of the students were also expelled for allegedly partaking in examination malpractices and drug abuse.
According to Nation, KWASU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Mohammed Akanbi (SAN), stated this during a briefing with journalists in the Malete Moro local government area ahead of the weekend’s convocation ceremonies of the institution.
Akanbi said, “Kwara State University has zero-tolerance for indiscipline and misconduct. All cases of indiscipline were investigated and appropriate punitive measures were taken against students found guilty of such offences. This is to ensure that the few bad eggs among students do not contaminate the decent ones.
“Between 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 academic sessions, a total of 87 students were expelled from the university. Their expulsion followed investigation and establishment of their guilt by the Students Disciplinary Committee.”
Akanbi implored the Nigerian government and the National Universities Commission (NUC) to formulate policies that make it mandatory for all students in tertiary institutions in Nigeria to live on campus.
“Students are also vulnerably exposed to anti-social influences which are inimical to their health and academic career.
"Exposure to negative influence outside the university campus is majorly responsible for the involvement of some students in internet fraud, substance abuse and other untoward crimes.
“My administration is working very hard to reverse this trend. Accommodation for a greater percentage of our students on the university campus is one of the ways we envisage to solve the challenge,” he said.
The Nation reported that the university don also alleged that some commercial transporters “were serving as couriers for the sale and distribution of illicit drugs on the campus.”
On the 2019/2020 and 2020/2021 convocation ceremonies, the professor of business law said that “in total, we are graduating 6,620 students at this convocation, 3,864 for the 2019/2020 session and 2,756 for the 2020/2021 session.
“In addition, we are graduating 321 students for higher degrees in the 2019/2020 session and 96 in the 2020/2021 session. Among our first degree graduands, 96 made first class,” he said.