The Academic Board of the Kogi State Polytechnic has approved the expulsion of 34 students for involvement in examination malpractices, certificate forgery and cultism.
According to the Board, the students’ conduct contravened the relevant sections as contained in the Students Information Handbook of the polytechnic stipulating penalties for involvement in examination malpractice, certificate forgery and cultism respectively.
The expelled students were from different schools and departments of the institution.
The Board also approved the graduation of 959 students from various schools and departments as recommended by the Result Verification Committee.
The committee stated that some of the expelled students were part of the “Examination Magic Centre” syndicate, recently uncovered by the institution at the Sarkin Noma area in Lokoja metropolis.
According to the committee’s report, the ‘magic centre’ was organised by one Ibrahim Ayatu, an HND II student of the Department of Accountancy and one Clement Ayeni Clement, an ex student of the polytechnic.
The Board approved that Ayatu be expelled from the institution, while Ayeni should be banned from entering the polytechnic until further notice.
Similarly, one Mr Ekele Hassan, HND I Industrial Design (Graphics) who is also a staff of the polytechnic was expelled for being caught with an already answered booklet.
In addition, Alih Kemalu and Isah Habib from the Department of Public Administration were expelled for their involvement in cult-related activities.