The National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, has rejected the expulsion of 29 students of the Federal College of Education, FCE, Gombe over their alleged roles in a protest in June 2016.
The association also rejected the institution’s withdrawal of the admission of 34 students and a directive for yet another 11 students to repeat one academic session over the said protest.
According to reports, the June protest was over the lack of water and other basic amenities on campus.
Already, the punitive measures, announced by the institution’s Provost, Adamu Abbas, have been approved by the state ministry of education.
But NANS, in a reaction contained in a statement by Akolo Eggon, the Senior Special Adviser to the NANS President on Media, said that the institution’s action had negated the principle of fundamental human rights and fair trial.
The statement, which was made available to journalists in Maiduguri on Wednesday, described the action as “political victimisation,” and asked that it be reversed “within 14 days”.
“We are rejecting the resolution because the investigative committee set-up by the college’s management refused to involve NANS in its activities.
“NANS is the mother union of all Nigerian students and should be involved when serious decisions affecting members are being taken,” he said.