By Bukola Olasanmi
The Federal University of Technology, Owerri, FUTO, has reinstated nine student activists expelled over a year ago for their involvement in a protest against tuition fees hike.
The recall came amidst a legal action by the students.
The protest took place on February 17, 2017, after which the school expelled the students identified as spearheads.
However, in a recall letter issued to each of the affected students on Friday and sighted by our correspondent the university said it had reversed its decision during a meeting of the Senate in July.
Some of those affected are Collins Ogbonna, Fishery and Aquaculture Technology; Elvis Onuoha, Animal Science Technology; Ebuka Odunze, Computer Science Department; Kenneth Megwa, Prosthetics and Orthotics Department; and Nnamdi Madu and Collins Ugwu of the Optometry Department.
“The Senate at its 437th meeting held on Tuesday, July 3, 2018, ratified the amnesty granted by the Vice-Chancellor to the students who were expelled for their involvement in the planning and execution of the violent demonstration of Friday, February 17,” read the letter signed by school’s registrar, John Nnabuihe.
“Your recall is however subject to the paying of the surcharges and signing an undertaking, along with your parents to be of good behaviour for the rest of your studentship in the university,” added the letter.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that the students had approached a court to press for their reinstatement before the school pardoned them.
In fact, the recall followed the out-of-court settlement deal between the school and the students before Lewis Allagoa of the Federal High Court, Owerri, on October 19, 2017.