The VC says the students were suspended for attempting to disrupt convocation ceremony but the students disagree with him.
Contrary to media reports that the students were suspended for protesting against school fees increment, Orumwense said the students were suspended for attempting to disrupt the University’s 47th Founder’s Day and 43rd Convocation ceremonies.
The VC also said the five students were recalled after interventions from various groups and well-meaning individuals.
Speaking to Pulse about what led to their suspension, one of the students, Osamudiamen Ogbidi, who was the Student Union President before their suspension said it is not possible for him to disrupt an event he participated in.
He said, ''How can somebody who had the convocation with them disrupt the event. As the president of the students union, I was requested to join them in procession during convocation.
''Now to be frank with you I have pictures of that event. At the auditorium, I processed with them, so how could you disrupt a convocation that you participated in, it is not possible.
''We didn’t disrupt the convocation. In fact, it was very peaceful. The convocation was held on the 21st of November and ended on Saturday of that week. And they suspended us in December.''
The five students, Osamudiamen Ogbidi, Justus Aidenagnon, Innocent Momodu, Goodnews Ehiabhi and Benjamin Majekodumi were suspended from the university in December 2017 and recalled on Tuesday, February 13.