By Faith Igbudu
The management of Benue State University (BSU) has called on the international community and local based organisations associated with the institution to disregard the report that the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Tor Iorapuu assaulted a student, describing it as false and malicious.
It stated this position in a press conference held at the school premises to clear the air on the situation of the incident that went viral days back about the VC slapping a student.
The institution has also warned that it has the right to withdraw the certificate of any alumni who will use scandalous means to air their opinions about the school.
The VC, Prof. Iorapuu, said BSU has been sufficiently embarrassed with the reports which he described as false, noting that the school totally frowns at the cheap popularity.
He said: “BSU will maintain a zero percent tolerance on any attempt to scandalize the institution. The initiator of the false post, Joshua Alabama Gwebe, who is an alumni of BSU is cooling off with the SSS after which he will face the disciplinary action of the school.
“This is because falsehood will not be accepted in this school. And we want everyone to know that the school certificate is awarded on the basis of character and learning, so the school reserves the right to withdraw any certificate issued out, the moment your character is questionable,” he said.
He explained further that the ugly situation which he has been briefed about may have arose because of the timeline given students to complete the mandatory semester registration. “Two weeks was initially given with an additional one week terminating 2 of April 2021. This became necessary due to laxity with which students handle their registration,” he said.
He stressed that after the timeline given, the school will publish the names of duly registered students and issue lecture permit to the students.
Prof. Iorapuu while expressing disappointment at the post which was titled ‘BSU student runs mad as the VC anoints him with a slap this morning’ said, “I would like to state categorically and unequivocally that as Vice Chancellor, I will under no level of provocation physically engage anyone as it has never been in my character, person or position.
He said that the university is collaborating with the law enforcement agencies to unravel the entire incident.
He implored all social media influencers to always apply caution and restraint in their reportage about the school. He said the management is opened to suggestions that will bring development and will welcome suggestions from anyone who means well for the school.