A High Court in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, on Wednesday, October 20, sentenced 19 students to six years’ imprisonment each for cultism.
The presiding judge, Justice Umar Fadawu, held that there was sufficient evidence proving that the students committed the offence of conspiracy and management/membership of an unlawful society, Daily Nigerian reported.
Legit.ng gathers that the convicts were arrested by the police in September 2019 in a hotel in Maiduguri for being members of an unlawful society called Neo Black Movement a.k.a Black Axe.
The judge after considering the pleas from some of the convicts and their counsel sentenced them to six years each on each of the two counts without an option of a fine.
He added that the prison terms shall run concurrently starting from Wednesday, October 20.
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List of the convicted students
- Arnold Augustine
- Onu Chiduben
- David Emmanuel
- Awuto Abayomi
- Mustapha Abulkadir
- Levi Epraim
- Onuebu Godspower Chibuzor
- Ben Oni
- Yakubu Chiroma
- Mohammed Adamu
- Calvin Ijafiya
- Henry Michael Ujah
- Chris Kallu
- Totsi Samuel
- Onwuka Ugochukwu
- Audi Yohana
- Samuel Talba
- Donald Omguze
- Joseph Olaiya
Kwara Polytechnic expels 4 students, rusticates 6
The school's principal assistant registrar, Ismail Onikoko, in a statement issued on behalf of the registrar, Kolawole Akande, on Wednesday, October 20, explained the students were expelled and rusticated over alleged impersonation and examination malpractices.
The offences are contrary to the matriculation oath the students swore to, the statement explained.
Final year student takes university to court over expulsion
Meanwhile, a Nigerian student identified as Iniobong Ekpo Isang has taken Akwa Ibom University to court after expelling him over a social media post he made against the governor of the state, Udom Emmanuel.
The university in a letter dated April 9th, 2021 hinged their decision of his expulsion on what it described as ''gross misconduct", an act they said constituted a breach of the Matriculation Oath.
The expulsion letter which was signed by the University Registrar, John E. Udo, also read that the student was barred from entering the campus premises.