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FUTO final year student petitions CDHR over expulsion

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Chidiebube Okeoma

One of the six final-year students of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Imo State, Collins Ogbonna, who was expelled for allegedly masterminding the February 17, 2017, protest in the institution, has petitioned the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights.

FUTO students had in February demonstrated against the hike in school fees and the school management’s alleged exploitation of them.

The protest grounded the school, leading to its closure for about three months. On April 3, 2017, the university authorities announced that it had expelled six final-year students.

In the petition dated May 11, 2017, Ogbonna, who was a final-year student of Fishery and Aquaculture, stated that his expulsion by the school management was an act of intimidation.

Ogbonna urged the CDHR to probe the increase in tuition and acceptance fees paid by the which he claimed were far above what others students pay in other universities.

The embattled students, who vowed to testify in court with evidence, claimed that the prices of goods and services on the campus had skyrocketed even as he stated that there was a high level of security risks in the school unlike before.

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