It has been revealed that no fewer than 28 students of the Redeemer’s University, have been expelled from the institution for allegedly failing drug tests.
According to the Nation, which reported news, the tests were conducted last November for 42 students, who were asked to go for “routine tests”. However, after resumption this year, some of them were told that they “tested positive” and last Friday, some of those who “tested positive” got expulsion letters, while others got theirs on Monday.
Some of the affected students spoke to The Nation, saying that the University authority never told them the purpose of the test and did not show them the results. They also claim that they were not given a fair hearing: “I only saw in the expulsion letter that I tested positive to hard drugs. I asked for the result of the test, but they didn’t show me. Even if they won’t show it to me, they should at least show my parents the result,” a student said.
“They should have at least set up a panel of enquiry and if the panel finds us guilty, so be it,” another student said.
Meanwhile, the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs, Adetunji Adeleye, defended the institution’s decision saying it was was taken in line with the school’s religous norms and philosophy “to raise godly children”: “A student was caught with an illicit drug. He mentioned others involved and we took them to the school clinic for tests. Some of them tested positive. There is no need to show the students the results because the university cannot conspire against them.