Coalition of Civil Society Organizations, former Student leader have called for the immediate reversal of the suspension of two students of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rivers State over Facebook comments.
The group in a statement jointly Signed by various civil society organisation: prince Wiro and Festus Bonwin Esq-Centre For Basic Rights Protection And Accountability Campaign.
Karl Chinedu Uchegbu -Board Member Civil Liberties Organization(CLO).
Gbenga Austen Oladapo Esq
Executive Director Lawyers Watch For Justice International Initiative
Dandyson Harry Dandyson-Centre for Human Rights Health Ethnic Harmony and Livelihood Development.(CHHELD).
Emem Okon-Kebetkache Women Development and Resource Centre.
David Nelson Ordu-Former President of Students Union Government, Rivers State University.
Comr. Manson Dumlebabari –
Former Chief Judge SUG/Assistant Secretary General Ken Poly Alumni.
In a press statement which was read by Prince Wiro of Centre For Basic Rights Protection And Accountability Campaign disclose that it note with dismay the suspension of two students of Ignatius Ajuru University of Education, Rivers State by the management of the institution over facebook comments in reaction to a press release by the Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Ozo-Mekuri Ndimele.
The group said after meticulous study of the comments made by the suspended students, Remmy Chibuzor and Sunday Idongesit, on the press release of the VC, we state clearly that the comments of the students is not in anyway inciting as alleged by the school authority to justify the undeserved suspension.
The group argued that the students merely expressed their views on the need for the management to bring in more banks inside the school campus to ease the stress and loss of manhours occasioned by the delay students have to endure when making transactions, especially payment of school levies and fees which result to large queues in the only bank present in the school.
They noted that preliminary investigations indicate that the affected students were not referred to any disciplinary committee but were summarily tried by a group consisting of three top management staff of the institution which negates the principle of fair hearing.
The group demanded the immediate reversal of the suspension of the two students which it described as lacking in merit, devoid of due process and amounts to violation of the right of freedom of expression by the students.
As groups and individuals conscious of the right of every citizen of Federal Republic of Nigeria, it smacks conspiracy and complicity on our part if we fail to speak truth to the Management of the institution .
The group said it is on record that we reached out to the VC last month when a female student of the institution was allegedly gang raped by three male students and subsequently commended him for ensuring the arrest of two out of three suspects.
The group stated that it is their view that the school management should hearken to the voice of reasoning and reverse the suspension