The Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA) has suspended four students of the institution, who were arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for alleged N16 million Internet fraud.
A statement yesterday by the Head, Information and Protocol Unit of FUTA, Mr. Adegbenro Adebanjo, said the university’s vice chancellor approved the sanction.
The statement said: “The four students, who have been given indefinite suspension and are to stay away from the school until further notice, are Ogundile A.O , Civil & Environmental Engineering; Fasakin P. T, Civil & Environmental Engineering; Akinsanmi F.O, Mathematical Sciences; and Ifeobu U. O. of the Department of Urban & Regional Planning.”
In a letter conveying the suspension, the university said the Vice Chancellor approved the sanction based on the extant rules, which stipulated indefinite suspension for students arrested and being investigated for allegation of criminal activities.
“This is in accordance with the provisions of the university Handbook of Information 2012-2015 Page 54, paragraph 5(i) which states that, ‘Whenever a student is being investigated for a criminal offence by the Police or is charged with a criminal offence; whether or not connected with the university; the student shall be suspended from his studentship until he/she is cleared of the allegation/charge’”, it added.
LinkNaija.com had on Monday reported that the EFCC arrested the suspects and another student of the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba (AAUA).
EFCC said: “The commission got wind of their activities through series of intelligence. Paul and his co-travellers, who go about with the name Tsunami Gang and Young Pablo Money, allegedly swindled unsuspecting foreigners and others to the tune of N16 million recently.