THE fate of over 22 students of Redeemers University of Nigeria (RUN), who missed last Sunday’s (January 25, 2015) service is yet to be decided, though they are likely going to be suspended for a semester.
Confirming this in a phone interview with ENCOMIUM Weekly on Monday, January 26, 2015, RUN’s Directorate of Corporate Affairs, Mr. Adetunji Adeleye said the erring students violated the rules and regulations of the institution and know its implications.
“They violated the university’s code of conduct. They were expected to be at the parish. There are penalties attached to the breaking of RUN’s Code of Conduct. If they don’t agree with the penalty, they can write the university.”
Asked if the students have already been suspended, RUN’s spokesman said they have not been sanctioned.
“I see these things as cheap blackmail. They have to go through a disciplinary committee. Some of these students were in their hostels when service was going on. Their fate is yet to be decided. So, whosoever gave you this information has done something wrong. A disciplinary panel would be set up to decide their punishment. RUN is not a place where you can do what you like. It is not a lawless place. They are still attending lectures. It is false to say that the affected students have been asked to go home. There is nothing like that.
“When you are in Rome, you behave like Romans. This is a faith-based university. Parents who send their children to RUN know what they want. It has nothing to do with Daddy G.O (Pastor Enoch Adeboye, the Pro-Chancellor of RUN),” Adeleye added.
Confronted with yet another allegation that one of the affected students was actually an asthma patient, Adeleye denied this vehemently. He said, it’s part of the ploy to discredit RUN.
A reliable source had told ENCOMIUM Weekly on Sunday, January 25, 2015, that RUN authorities will suspend over 22 students for not attending last Sunday service. We were told they were to be suspended till the next semester.
Our informant feared that the affected students would miss the semester examination which would cost their parents and guardians a loss of over N400,000!
“I doubt if Pastor Adeboye knows about this victimization. The rule states that failure to go to church attracts points which would be progressively deducted if a student doesn’t give a valid reason for not attending church.”
Our source also alleged that one of the students was an asthma patient.
Since RUN moved to its permanent site in Ede, Osun State, multiple scandals have been trailing the private institution owned by The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG).
Now, the authorities are at the verge of suspending over 22 students for not attending Sunday service.
– UCHE OLEHI