Student expelled over comments made about state governor
The Taraba State University has expelled a first-year student after he repeatedly criticised the state governor, Darius Ishaku, on Facebook.
The school said it took the decision because the student had failed to “complete the registration processes” that include signing the matriculation oath form.
Joseph Israel, who was admitted to study Chemistry but later switched to Laboratory Science in the state-owned school, had his admission withdrawn in September.
A September 20, 2019 letter by the deputy registrar for academic affairs, Yakubu Fwa, accused the student of failing to attend the students’ matriculation ceremony and not completing the matriculation form.
“Further take notice that the withdrawal of the said admission is hinged on your inability to complete the registration processes of Taraba State University, Jalingo, as approved by the relevant university regulation and which makes (you) a ghost student,” the letter said.
But Mr Israel speaking to PREMIUM TIMES said the reason given by the institution was false, and was merely used as an excuse to deal with the student who has been a known online critic of the governor.
He denied boycotting the matriculation and said he signed the oath declaration form.
“The mistake I did was not snapping a picture on the day. I am not a picture person. But I have over 20 persons who can testify that I was there with them on that day. I also signed the form given to us,” he said.
The director of information of the university, Sanusi Saad, told PREMIUM TIMES by phone that he was aware of the case, but had no authority and adequate information to comment.