Final year student of Akwa Ibom State University expelled for releasing “defamatory” post against Governor of Akwa Ibom

Iniobong Ekpo, a final year student of the Department of Agricultural Engineering in the Akwa Ibom State University has been expelled for “publishing a defamatory article on Facebook about the Executive Governor of Akwa Ibom State and Visitor to the University.”⁣
In 2019, Ekpo used the Facebook username, Afrosix Jaara, to release the article in which he accused Akwa Ibom Governor Emmanuel Udom of going back on a promise to grant financial rewards to then graduating students of the university.
“It’s 2 years and 166 days since he promised, yet none of the graduands received a Naira…even the first-class graduands were unattended to when they went to his office,” he wrote.
On the 9th of April, 2021, Ekpo received a letter signed by the Registrar of his university, John Udo, announcing his expulsion for “gross misconduct.”⁣

His article was also described as “derogatory and defamatory.”⁣

He was told in the letter that publishing his article “constitutes a breach of the matriculation oath and violation of the university rules as enshrined in the Student Information Handbook.⁣

“You are hereby expelled from the university for this gross act of misconduct which constitutes a breach of the matriculation oath.⁣
“You are required to submit to the Dean, Division of Student Affairs your student identity card and any other property of the university in your possession before your exit from the university.⁣

“The Chief Security Officer is by a copy of this letter, directed not to allow you entry into the university campuses.”⁣
However, Iniobong Ekpo is fighting back by writing a letter to the university through his lawyer, Inibehe Effiong, protesting that he wasn’t given a fair hearing by the university.⁣

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