By Elijah Ugani
Undergraduates of the faculty of law in the University of Calabar have called for the removal of their union’s staff adviser Andrew Emwanta following allegations of victimization and threats to their academic goals.
The students under the aegis of Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN) made known their grievances in a demonstration on Monday round the institutions premises protesting what they said had being a recurring theme where the said Emwanta dictates the tempo and direction of the law student’s union body.
The demonstration which began at the University Library was headed towards the vice chancellors office when they were intercepted by the Director of Academic Planning, Patrick Egaga.
Addressing Egaga, George Abang who spoke on behalf of the students said Emwanta who is the staff adviser to the Association brought guidelines contrary to the association’s constitution for the election, adding that he “liaised with the Dean of Students Affairs to print ballot papers for us and went further to intimidate all Diploma students that all of them should not vote particular students, otherwise all of them will not be able to transit into the regular programme since he is the Examination officer for diploma.
“He also told the Sole Administrator to play his card or he will not go to Law School by September, and he has threaten them one on one and in group, and some of us here, he has vowed that we are not going to graduate from the university”.
Egaga for his part pledged the management will look into the matter and urged calm on the side of the students who alleged that twice they had petitioned and minuted to the dean whom according to them “swept it under the carpet”.
The students who were bearing placards were later convinced by Egaga to return to their classrooms and await information on how the matter will be handled.
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