Ghgossip previously reported that Iniobong Ekpo, a final year student pursuing agricultural engineering at the time, had written a Facebook article in 2019 under the pseudonym ‘Afrosix Jaara,’ accusing the Governor of breaking a promise he allegedly made in 2017 to give financial rewards to the university’s graduating students.
He was suspended and eventually expelled for the piece he wrote on Facebook. The university stated that it was a “breach” of the matriculation oath and a violation of the university rules and regulations codified in the Student Information Handbook.
In his reaction to his expulsion, the expelled final year accused the university authorities of not giving him a fair hearing and never inviting him to explain himself.
Governor Udom responded to the incident in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Ekerete Udoh, saying he was unaware of the administrative action taken by the institution.
Udom further revealed that he has directed the formation of a Panel of five members to review the issue and submit a report as soon as possible. Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet, the Honourable Commissioner for Education, will chair the Panel.
The statement read;
“We have read various reports mainly on the social media space concerning the administrative sanction said to have been taken by the Management of the Akwa Ibom State University (AKSU) against one of its students, Iniobong Ekpo, leading to his expulsion from the University.
“We have equally followed the media feeding frenzy by the usual motely crowd of political jobbers and inveterate rabble rousers who have maliciously tried to link the action taken by the university authority to the Visitor of the University, His Excellency, Governor Udom Emmanuel.
“We wish to state here emphatically that Governor Emmanuel, a known apostle of freedom of expression, was and is still not aware of this purely administrative action reportedly undertaken by the university.
“He has accordingly, directed the constitution of a Panel comprising five members, to review the case and submit its report immediately. The Panel is to be headed by the Honourable Commissioner for Education, Mrs. Idongesit Etiebet.”