3rd November, 2021
By Hilary Akalugwu Nsukka,
The management of University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) said it has not suspended Mirabel Obi, one of its female students seen twerking half-clad in a video making the rounds on the internet.
But the University said it has set up a panel that would investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident and that further action that will be taken by UNN on the issue would be guided by the report of the panel.
Chief Okwun Omeaku, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the university disclosed this in a statement issued in Nsukka on Tuesday.
“The management of UNN, as a result of a recent viral video in social media, involving un-clad female student twerking in front of Akapbio hostel, has set up a panel to investigate circumstances surrounding the video.
“Further action to be taken by the university on the issue will be guided by the findings and reports of the panel,” he said.
According to the PRO, preliminary findings revealed that the first-year female student, whose identity the university won’t like to disclose, is from the Department of Medical Laboratory Science.
But Mirabel Obi, has accused the school authorities of harassing her over a trending viral video where she was seen twerking went viral on Saturday.
But also a video of the school’s dean of students affairs where he threatened to prosecute and expel the student also went viral.
She however said she was not expelled, contrary to information circulating on the social media.
“I wasn’t expelled, I repeat I was only harassed without being heard from (the authorities in question badged into my hostel and ransacked my properties),” Mirabel said on her Instagram page.
“A lot of my properties have been damaged and some are nowhere to be found like how do you invade someone’s privacy.”
“I am not and was never expelled because we all know that you cannot expel a student on the ground of twerking,” Mirabel said.
Speaking in the same vein, the spokesperson of UNN urged the general public to disregard report in some sections of the media that the university management had suspended or expelled the affected student.
“We urge the general public to disregard reports that the affected student had been suspended or expelled.
“The public should also ignore any comment suggesting a pre-determined punishment for the student, as she will be given fair hearing by the panel,” he said.
He, however, said the university had not and would not condone acts of indecency and other morally reprehensible behaviours from its students.
“UNN degrees and certificates are awarded only to those who have been found worthy, both in character and in learning,” Omeaku said.