No fewer than 200 students of Ekiti State University (EKSU), and a lecturer, all of who are currently being tried by the senate committee on examination misconduct, risk being expelled from the institution if found guilty.
Also, another batch of about 10 members of staff selling fake examination clearance certificate, known as ‘Green Card’ to candidates, have been arrested by the institution’s security personnel.
According to a statement made available to our correspondent in Ado Ekiti by the Assistant Registrar, Mr. Olubunmi Ajibade, the affected students and lecturers were accused of stealing question papers and writing examinations inside a TV viewing centre outside the campus, during the second semester of 2010/2011 session.
According to Ajibade, the offence may see those found guilty expelled from the university.
The statement added that the suspects involved in the sale of fake examination clearance certificates were members of academic and non academic staff. They were said to have been caught selling the exam permit to students at N3,000 each.
The school authorities introduced the permit to stop students who were indebted to the institution from the second semester examination. But the indicted officials allegedly circumveted the rules and help themselves to make quick money by selling the certificates.
The EKSU’s spokeperson, who confirmed this, said 20 students were caught buying the fake exam clearance certificates from the officials.
Meanwhile, several mini cyber cafes operating on campus have been sealed off after a raid on their
stands by a combined university security outfit on campus.
The closure of the cyber cafe and computer centre was as a result of the discovery of printing of fake admission letters from the Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB) for unsuspecting students. Some 10 cyber cafe operators on the campus were said to have been arrested for their alleged involvement in this crime.
The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Patrick Aina, vow to rid the university of undesirable elements, warning that any students found disrupting examination or presenting fake papers for admission would be espelled.
Similarly, security men at the university last week foiled attempt by some students to disrupt the examination. The security men stormed their hideout, a beer parlour at Iworoko, following a tip off. But the students escaped before they could be arrested.
The students, numbering about 20, were said to have to have gathered at the beer parlour with a plan to disrupt the ongoing examination.
The Chief Security Officer of the institution, Captain Augustine Ajayi (rted), was said to have led the invasion of the hideout to drive away the hoodlums.