The University of Sierra Leone has expelled 8 students, rusticated 4 of them whilst withholding the results of 2 and denying accommodation to 11 students of Fourah Bay College, all of whom were found wanting for College disturbances.
These students are alleged to have been found culpable for offences of violence and riotous conduct at the college by a seven man disciplinary committee set up by the University which was headed by lawyer Vivian Solomon.
The eight students expelled were in their second and third years reading different courses. Mohamed Salim Mansaray and Osman Kamara are year two Arts students expelled with Bernard Mallah a third year Arts student. Sullay Mallah and Hindolo Momoh are year two and three students from the Pure and Applied Sciences faculty while Ibrahim Sayenoh Sesay a year three Engineering student and Francis Kanyako a year three Social Sciences and Law student were also expelled.
A woman, Tidankay Lamin a year three Social Sciences and Law student was rusticated for three years with immediate effect from 2007/08 academic year for three years together with Oladipo Robin- Mason a Law two student and George Armah a year three Arts student, while Samuel Louis Jusu a year two Arts student was also rusticated for three years.
Amos Diggay Kamara a final year Pure and Applied Sciences student and Pandexter Sama a final year Mass Communication student will have their results held for two years after completion of their studies.
Yusif Isaac Sesay, Milton Baryoh, Kainde Sheola, Samuel Louis Jusu, Musa Kamara, Desmond Allie, Matilda Kamara, Kenneth Momoh, Willie G. Williams and George Armah will be denied accommodation at the hostels throughout their studies.
The head of the special disciplinary committee Madam Vivian Solomon said seven of them were mandated to investigate three issues involving riotous conduct of FBC students. She explained that the committee invited both the accused and complainants during their hearing and that their decision to expel the students and punish others was a unanimous one.
The University Vice Chancellor and Principal Professor Aiah Albert Gbakima explained that the students were expelled in accordance with the laws and said since there is the political will by the President to curb out student violence, the University will never tolerate any violence. By Ishmael Bayoh