Eight lecturers of the Akwa Ibom State University on Tuesday saw their appointments terminated due to alleged involvement in sexual harassment and extortion.
The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Eno Ibanga, revealed the development while speaking with newsmen on the activities lined up for the 4th and 5th combined convocation at the institution’s main campus in the Mkpat Enin Local Government Area of the state.
Ibanga further revealed that some of the cases are in court, he noted that 10 students of the institutions were caught in cultism by the management of the institution.
The VC claimed that the students were caught with a mini coffin, red clothes and axes while they were on their way to an initiation ceremony.
Ibanga who noted that the cases are before the disciplinary committee said the university is working on preaching sanity among lecturers and students.
He said, “The appointments of the eight lecturers have been terminated by the university bordering on sexual harassment and extortion. As we speak, a notorious one is on the ground and the person will not go scot-free.
“Some of the cases are still in court. I swore to run an institution that can stand the test of time and we are doing our best to bring sanity to the institution”.
The VC further stated that 2,000 graduates would be awarded degrees, certificates and prizes during the convocation scheduled for Friday.
According to him, the list is made up of 920 graduating students for the 2016/2017 academic session and 1,080 for the 2017/2018 graduating year.
Ibanga added 41 of the graduating students would be awarded first-class degrees in various disciplines.