Pastor slaps student during church service, Others also suspended for missing Easter program
It has been a barrage of accusations and counter-accusations against management and Lecturers at Covenant University. As a student of The Faith based University has reportedly accused pastors and Lecturers attached to the institution of brutalizing students.
A student of the School on snapchat, said on several occasions, pastors in the school slapped students to discipline them.
According to her, speaking through her handle @AHoeStory, she said,
“So I am from Covenant University and today, during the second service, our Assistant Chaplin (pastor) was preaching, and he sighted a boy pressing his ipod in the congregation, he called the boy up to the altar, seized the iPod and slapped him in front of the chapel… it was just crazy.”
In another development, some students of the school were allegedly suspended for their failure to attend the Institution’s Easter Program.
A 400-level student Of the school said on Wednesday that over 200 students were affected by the decision of the university.
According to him, “We were going for the services in the morning and night and people were getting tired of them because we were also preparing for exams. So, the Vice-Chancellor got angry and ordered that those who missed the services be sanctioned.
“Some were suspended for four weeks and those who had missed eight services for the four days got a year.”
Parents have described the suspension of undergraduates at the institutions for not attending its Easter Youth Alive programme as “unjust” and “uncalled for”.
In their views, the rules of their admission did not say it is compulsory for them to attend the programme organised by the institution.
Another student said,“The mood in the school is really tense. Though students are not protesting, they are angry because you are preparing for an exam you’re not sure you will sit for it until the paper starts.
“They stopped me from sitting for a paper last week because I did not go for a service and I don’t know if I will be allowed in today either.
Head of Corporate Communications of the Institution Mr. Emmanuel Igban, said the university did not break any of its law to have taken the decision.
According to him, the students are aware that church services were compulsory. In his words,
“Depending on the gravity of the offence, students are aware of the rule as contained in the student handbook which they signed to abide with. Chapel attendance is mandatory for all students. A student is expected to attend chapel; either the Tuesday or Thursday Chapel service and all other programs as directed by the chaplaincy and university management.
“Provision is made for signing of attendance and students are expected to be on their seats at least 15 minutes program service. The excuse from chapel requires permission from the office of the Dean of Student Affairs.
“Absence from chapel and Sunday services and other university Assembly (services) attract penalty ranging from letter of warning, suspension to advice to withdraw.”