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Imo State University Expels 15 Final-Year Law Students Over Examination Malpractice

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In a decisive move, Imo State University (IMSU), Owerri, has expelled 15 final-year law students, including a Catholic priest from the Orlu Diocese and a lecturer in the Department of Management Sciences, for their alleged involvement in various forms of examination malpractice.

The expulsion was officially announced before Christmas Day, marking a stern response to the students’ misconduct. A source within the university revealed that the decision to expel the students was spearheaded by an official, who even threatened legal action against the university’s management if the expulsion was not endorsed.

While acknowledging the severity of the expulsion, the source insisted that the students found guilty were indeed involved in the alleged malpractice. However, he cautioned against singling out the 15 students, emphasizing that similar misconduct might have occurred among students in other departments.

The source disclosed that some of the expelled students had gone to the extent of hiring individuals to take exams on their behalf, while others were caught using mobile phones during examinations. One notable case involved the Catholic priest, who allegedly hired a ‘mercenary’ to represent him in an exam due to security concerns in the Orlu axis, preventing his travel to Owerri.

“The Reverend Father was said to be driving to Owerri when his vehicle was shot at by unknown gunmen leading to his inability to eventually present himself at the examination hall on the fateful day. Also, the cabal that championed the expulsion opposed the female lecturer studying law whilst in the employ of the same university,” the source explained.

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When contacted for a statement, the Public Relations Officer of the university, Sir Ralph Njoku-Obi, indicated that he had no information on the matter at the time. The expulsion of these final-year law students underscores the institution’s commitment to upholding academic integrity and deterring malpractice.


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