UNICAL suspends four students over water ritual

First female UNICAL VC Prof Florence Banku-Obi

Vice-chancellor of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) Prof. Florence Obi has approved the suspension of four students of the institution identified in a viral video and found culpable of partaking in a water ritual on a fellow female student.

The announcement of the suspension is contained in a release signed by the school’s registrar Gabriel Egbe on Saturday.

Mr Egbe said that the unlawful act was carried out by the four students during the last matriculation ceremony of the institution on December 2, 2022.

Egbe mentioned the affected students to include Stephen Usen, a fourth-year student in the accounting department, and Aniefiok Idorenyin, a second-year student of computer science.

Others are Miracle Adeyemi, a second-year student of political science, and Blessing Queen, a fourth-year student of genetics and biotech.

“Management deliberated extensively on the report of the committee on Gender-Based Violence and the strength of its findings and has accordingly directed the affected students to proceed on suspension with effect from the 2020/2021 academic session.

“Deans, Heads of Departments and other relevant officers of the university have been tasked with the duty of full compliance with the given directive,” Egbe said.