Student Expelled from Covenant University for Watching Pornography drags School to Court

Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 8:08 AM

By Adeola Adeyemo

A former student of Covenant University, Ota, Ogun state has taken the institution to court, challenging his illegal expulsion for allegedly watching pornography and secular music on his laptop.

The student, Vwamhi Longji Felix, in his 24-paragraph affidavit to support his claim, stated that before he was expelled his parents had spent not less than N10 million on his school fees and other expenses. He was a 400 level student of Communication Technology reportedly expelled on 23rd November 2012, following a night raid by the Student Affairs’ Unit of the institution. This was followed by his appearance before the school’s disciplinary panel which recommended his expulsion.

Vanguard reports that at the resumed hearing of the matter yesterday, the prosecuting counsel Segun Fatoki, told the court that Felix was allegedly expelled without an opportunity of a proper hearing or viewing the evidence in accordance with the standard practice as guaranteed by the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999. He also claimed that his expulsion was a violation of Section 44 of Chapter 4 of the student Handbook of the Covenant University.

However, the school in its counter affidavit stated that in the school hand book it was noted that students are not allowed to be in possession of unholy films and home video or circular music tapes, either stored or directly in the computer or listen through the use of computer radio or any other electronic device when on campus during an academic session.

Also, the school claimed that it is an offence that will attract punishment of expulsion for any student who indulges himself or herself in public display of or be in possession of pornographic films or photographs, exploring or viewing pornographic websites on the internet.

Vanguard reports that after listening to both parties, Justice Mobolaji Ojo of Ogun State High Court said they should allow every individual to grow life that they need to live adding that if at age 15 to 17 they don’t live that life, they would live it when they are 30 to 35 because of too much rules. “A youth must live like a youth and an adolescent must live like an adolescent. If all of the traits of a youth are not allowed to be exhibited at the right time, it would be done at the wrong time,” Vanguard quoted him as saying.

The case was adjourned till March 27, 2013.

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  • 49 Comments on “Student Expelled from Covenant University for Watching Pornography drags School to Court”

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    • uniqueaffairz February 28, 2013 at 8:21 AM

      Why is my school always on d news for controversial tinz #haba!

    • Okechukwu Ofili February 28, 2013 at 8:39 AM

      hypocrisy! How does watching pornography affect the price of pure water?

      • Sophia February 28, 2013 at 1:18 PM

        LMAO! I tire o

    • eniola February 28, 2013 at 8:50 AM

      Abi nah @ 24 no right to a chosen life style. Nawa for all these private skools jare.

    • Behind the Heart fan February 28, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      That Justice Ojo has a point though

    • Annie February 28, 2013 at 8:57 AM

      Mbok…..expulsion is too harsh a punishment, i do not subscribe to pornography and all, i do not watch porn movies neither do i visit porn sites, but at age 15 – 17 i used to sneak copies of “better lovers” home then to read when no one was watching, so like the Judge said, youths should be allowed to live as youths, i think the rules placed by management of most private Universities in Nigeria are too harsh and should be reviewed. Pls this is my thought abt this…thou shalt not crucify me, biko!

    • Trina February 28, 2013 at 9:04 AM

      All these Post Secondary School wahala sef!!! 10million naira is large sum though.
      Next one abeg!!!

    • cin February 28, 2013 at 9:08 AM

      thank you people must choose their own path in life

    • Bimbo February 28, 2013 at 9:12 AM

      So true. Covenant uni wiv so many rules. Haba at 400level. They should at least pity do dude parents.

    • HRS February 28, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      #Lobatan!

    • ruth February 28, 2013 at 9:42 AM

      such hypocrisy in our society!i wonder if those pointing accusing fingers r beta of…

    • Onyi February 28, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      I tot the students know the rules b4 going in…If u cant adhere to it, Y bother? Y not go to other universities or private schools that are not too rigid in their rules…Not supporting anybody here but at least when u go into sometin with ur two eyes, y wud u knowingly disobey the rules afterall CU did not beg u or write to u to come and register in their school….

    • NIRA February 28, 2013 at 9:57 AM

      All these glorified secondary schools with their rules and regulations!!!!

      • e-bukun February 28, 2013 at 8:58 PM

        Gbam!

      • Kingsli March 10, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Thank you my brother. Eye service schools not University.

    • HRH February 28, 2013 at 9:58 AM

      1o million naira *yimu* lies. Through out my stay in Covenant university + my brother’s stay, school fees and all didnt reach 10million o

    • Chyke February 28, 2013 at 10:03 AM

      God knows I don’t like private universities. Their rules are usually harsh. Can u imagine a student being expelled simply bcos he watched a porn video? Dats too harsh na. The school authority shouldn’t have allowed d students to briog phones n other electronic devices to school na. @24 he is an adult n should live like one.

      • atm February 28, 2013 at 5:20 PM

        he is not 24. he had a 24 paragraph affidavit

    • Amazeballs! February 28, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      Rubbish!!!! The heads of the school are probably doing worse. Nonsense!!

    • fademi February 28, 2013 at 10:34 AM

      ohh plz!! i know the rules are rigid and i’m sure we all knew that before going to CU. its simple, if you can’t deal dont go. Dont come out and start talking rubbish and dragging the school name in dust. That 10mill na bobo! lie

    • Priscy February 28, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      CU sha….can neva ever send my children to a university where they will be treated like nursery children.

    • Lopez February 28, 2013 at 10:44 AM

      I dnt tink is wise to force people into righteouness weda u force them or not every 1 must b who they are.

    • dangel February 28, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      If I remember correctly, my Bible teaches me forgiveness and I think its only right that a christian university teaches this as well by showing it.
      If this is his first offence, I believe he should have been pardoned or they should have come up with a punishment that can help him desist from watching porn (as i believe this should be their goal.. abi? ). Expulsion is sending him into the world to continue watching porn, it doesn’t teach a lesson and it makes absolutely no sense to me.

    • Mimi February 28, 2013 at 11:09 AM

      But why apply to a school when you know u can’t abide by the rules. Why don’t you do your own jejely and finish in the school when you know the school has wahala. This boy is a joker cos his case will never get anywhere since it was already stated in the school handbook that porn gets expulsion. If you can’t stand the heat stay outta the kitchen.

    • NOKSIS February 28, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      Nobody forced them to go and pay such amount to get a university education. Upon receiving admission letter, they got the hand book which stated the rules and regulations. If for anything they couldn’t keep up with the regulations and rules why not go for another option. The boy is just making noise. By the time they meet again for hearing and the handbook is presented as evidence by the school i court The case will be thrown out.

    • Mimi February 28, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      My sis(who is a cu student) did tell me they consider secular music videos to be porn as long as the girls are wearing skimpy clothings & all, or even a movie that there’s a kiss scene looool. In that case i don’t support, except its real pornography they caught him for. But mhen suing CU? do you have the money to go against bishops lawyers? I think this boy should just go and beg before he makes his parents bankrupt in court. And he’s lying about the 10mil, cu fees is at most 600k per year & dats for engineering. After 4 years your parents shouldn’t have spent more that 3mil on you except you’re the extravagant type that asks for a monthly allowance of over a 100k or maybe he was asked to repeat his class like twice or something.

    • Nutella February 28, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      The only thing that is left is for students of CU to be issued school uniforms and rubber sandals.. Rubbish and nonsense.

    • Ade February 28, 2013 at 12:46 PM

      I for one like the Judge’s obiter in this case, i’m very interested to find out what he finally issues as his ratio decidendi for this case once the case is resolved. He could not have said it better “A youth must live like a youth and an adolescent must live like an adolescent. If all of the traits of a youth are not allowed to be exhibited at the right time, it would be done at the wrong time,” . Case closed.

    • Ore February 28, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      I don’t understand why people are making noise here. If you do not like the school, do not send your children there and do not ask your parents to send you there. You can’t sign a contract and then change the rules of the contract because they don’t benefit you. This has nothing to do with being forgiving or not. They are actually teaching the students a valuable lesson; ” do not sign a contract if you cannot adhere to the rules.” This is one of the problems with Nigeria. Schooling abroad has showed me pepper! One of the rules of my school is ignorance is not an excuse. It’s the student’s job to know and understand the school rules. If there are any questions, ask. It’s not after you have committed and offense that you come back crying. You can appeal but most of the time, it’s not favourable.

      My advice for the boy is he should’ve taken his 400 level seriously and not watched the porn videos afterall, what are those compared to him graduating. If he knew how much his parents had spent, why give it up for some flimsy pleasure. Porn videos are not going anywhere and he could’ve waited till after he graduates or waited till he gets home to watch the amount that will satisfy him. He should just transfer to another school jeje and gradute there.

    • Joe February 28, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      This is absolutely nonsense some of us have schooled abroad so people should not come here and write any sort of thing,i was student of Howard University in Washington-Dc and a science student at that i did watch pornography movies but it had nothing to do with my studies at all like affecting my studies expelling him from that institution to me makes no sense its like sending him into the world to watch more porn videos he has to be cautioned not to watch the video in class or around school campus if he wants to do that in his room,its like some of the officials giving that expulsion they themselves are innocent,I am a proud Cameroonian and all my stay years at Howard University my Lectures always told us to void from certain things cuz white dudes are fun of downloading porn videos and even having their own sex tapes brought to class lectures will only advice you to watch that in you hostel or at home rather than in class or around campus.So to me his dismissal was not fair at all so how do they caution their students any single crime warrants an expulsion?

    • Busy Sade February 28, 2013 at 2:52 PM

      We are all forgetting one issue here, and it is that of a broken contract. As a student of the said school the punishment for watching porn on campus is expulsion. If you accept this contract by becoming a student, then why complain when the terms of the contract are applied. If he loved porn so much, why bother going to a school where it is not allowed. With the ten million he claims that his parents paid, he could very easily have gone to school abroad where he can watch all the porn he wants. Please I am tired of hearing about all these spoilt brats who think they can do whatever they want without consequences. They soon they will be asking for gay rights in a Christian school.

      • IronMan March 1, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        Correct!!! God bless your point!

    • Cordelia March 2, 2013 at 2:59 PM

      The whole issue boils down on discipline, that is what the founder of the school is trying to inculcate into the students. If any student thinks he/she cannot cope with the school norms, such should inform the parents for a change of school, otherwise they have no other choice than to abide by the rules and regulations guiding the school. The only thing I will tell the school is that if offenses and their corresponding penalties are not well communicated to the students, the school should endeavour to do that in order to get them pre-informed of what to expect for committing a particular offense.

      • Naden Yame Vwamhi March 2, 2013 at 10:46 PM

        y him come slap person, him no fit hold him hand ?

    • FreeOne March 2, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      Probably this school believes in a ‘scape goat’ punishment system. A rule shouldn’t be setup for people to err against it in order to know if it’s working or not but it should be a way of correcting, polishing, or even changing the offender. A school like CU should encourage the admittance of criminals of all sorts so they can graduate better people in the society. That is what I believe rules were created to achieve in the first place!

    • loo March 2, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      WHY DO PEOPLE GO TO THESE PRIVATE SCHOOLS WHEN THEY CAN’T ABIDE BY THE RULES?? 10million??? that boy must have been scamming his parent for the last 4years, i here some of the student collect school fees from their parent twice in a session ie the same school fees amount for the two semesters

    • Naden Yame Vwamhi March 2, 2013 at 10:32 PM

      It is not d money that is d crux of d matter here what is at stake and fundamental here is whether Covenant University in reaching its decision to expell the student adhered to standard procedures in establishing guilt. Trial was conducted at night 12midnight and concluded in 5minutes. Go and read his affidavit in court and u will b taken aback at the meanness of our so-called men of God. It will surprise u that his laptop was opened in his absence and was not allowed to c d porno himself! Talkless of watching anything . If u have ever been wrongly accused ud understand what is at stake here. perharps d slapping of a worshipper is not “ASSAULT” in our Criminal Code .

    • Peter Okpala March 3, 2013 at 12:12 PM

      The boy has not even shown any remorse. So bad. H e appears to be one of the destroyers that go into a system to destroy it. Building a university is a painstaking phenomenon and that is why the university is very successful. If I am the owner, I will not allow any rifraf to come and destroy it. I will not allow such a person back.

      • Naden Yame March 16, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        if u read ur bible very well u will c somewhere where it is written “the poor and d rich God made them both”. U are not in position to call anyone under d sun a “rifraf”. Remember people like Ghaddafi, Sadam , and a host other despotic rich leaders with their cronies were not buried in choiciest tomb as their wealth could afford. Think and u will agree that change is constant.

    • Divine March 4, 2013 at 8:24 AM

      That is nonsense, even abroad which is far better than Niga in everything, watching porn in the class is nt a crime. Rubbish; if the school chose to expel him the money his parents payed to the school should be refund back to him, because his aims were not achieved.

    • Kingsli March 10, 2013 at 10:11 AM

      Thats a rubish secondary school glorified as University to extort money from the rich elite like the owners in the name of God. Nonsense

    • Naden Yame March 16, 2013 at 1:12 PM

      What is “fair hearing”? it is d issue here, why show remorse if u know u did nothing , haba ! use ur money to touch lives not destroy it !

    • ayo March 28, 2013 at 6:05 AM

      It is sad that all this controversy is coming from a christiaan institution. I think the school is completely wrong. In as much as * 20 year old is a semi adult , he can still be corrected or taught the right thing. Let us all be mindful that a church is not a place for saints or the pure in heart, it is a place that welcomes the sinner so that they can know better and turn from their sinful waysm I will say covenant university has failed in that capacity. What they have done is turned their back on a young man whom they could have counselled at the point of discovering the pornographic videos claimed to have been discovered on his personal property. The school could have done better by suspending the young man and subjected him to some counselling and mentoring programme. What they have done defeats the whole purpose of a christian organisation.

    • ayo March 28, 2013 at 6:15 AM

      Also we r all forgetting that as at when this youngman was joining covenant university, he was a minor so the decision of goin to that school wasn’t his but that of his parents, so technically he did not agree to anything with the school but his parents did on his behalf. No one is above mistakes pls. Let’s stop castigating people because their parents are well to do.

    • Double F March 29, 2013 at 11:56 PM

      If your parent sends you to such a school and pay that much I think they’ve agreed and contracted out their act of responsibilities to a more capable hands. So you should be satisfied with the measure of discipline given out to you. Also you learn to play a game according to the rules. You cannot default after signing a Memorandum Of Understanding (MoU) Rule is Rule. The measure of dos and don’ts are for limited time. At the end of 400 level our friend has the total freedom to do whatever he likes. However, I believe this issue can be resolved. You don’t kill a fly with a sledge hammer. “ORI BIBE KO NI OGUN ORI FIFO”, says a Yoruba adage. I will appeal to the school’s authority, “E JEBURE” But bobo watch your ways. Stop sowing seeds that grow into trees that might fall on you and kill you. A word is enough for the wise.

    • eddy April 23, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      The judge is on the right track cos there is tym for everything but at the same it was already stated in d rules dat students r not meant to be found with unholy books and videos and each student must ave agreed to abide by the rules of the uni.

    • ademi August 12, 2013 at 8:27 PM

      i dont support the boy, but the school should still have mercy if that is acceptable under the law,

    • Abimbola March 6, 2014 at 9:59 AM

      b4 u entered d school, dere were rules. if u couldnt cope with d rules, then why did u go to the school at first?

    • elineema uronu April 4, 2014 at 11:58 AM

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