The Governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel, has forgiven a final-year student of the State University, Ikot Akpaden, Mr. Iniobong Ekpo, who was expelled by the authorities of the institution for allegedly insulting the governor, even as the governor directed that the student should be reinstated immediately.
According to News Agency of Nigeria, the governor’s directive was contained in a statement issued by Ini Ememobong, the commissioner for information and strategy, at the end of the state executive council meeting in Uyo today, July 9.
“The Executive council reviewed the AKSU expulsion case of Ekpo and directed the university to immediately recall the said student.”
The student, Ekpo was in his final year at the varsity’s agricultural engineering department when he was expelled for his 2019 Facebook post about Governor Udom which the university described as a “derogatory and defamatory article.”
The student was first suspended indefinitely in September 2020 before his expulsion via a letter dated April 9, 2021.
The development had sparked criticism, with the state government later constituting a panel to review the matter.