Nkem, Pauline and the boys were released after spending a day and half behind Police bars.
The Deputy Registrar read the Police report with disbelief. “There’s absolutely no need to dilly dally on this case” he thundered in his office. “Rubbish, are we raising human beings or bunch of criminals in this school?” He continued.
Invitation letters were sent to the five culprits for a hearing session which the Deputy Registrar had only hinted was for formality. “Just to give the students the opportunity to tell their stories and maybe reveal more information to us” he scribbled in one of his correspondences with the Dean of Students Affairs.
The name on the memo from the Deputy Registrar did not ring bell to the Dean until the morning of the sitting. While he was studying the case file, the name Nkemakolam jumped at him. “Is this the same troublesome Nkem that had been here before?” He queried nobody in particular.
The Senate building is usually under lock and key except during the meeting of the school’s governing council, the time for project defence or special hearings, the type Nkem and company had been scheduled to face.
The sitting commenced at the appointed time, the offences were read out to Nkem, Pauline and the three boys that they contracted for the failed project. After the reading of the offences,they were given opportunity to argue their cases. The HODs were also in attendance.
Before the hearing began, Nkem had planned to deny knowledge of the incident and indeed of the boys. However, when listened to the charges against them the confessions of the boys, she knew that lying would make no difference.
She changed course and rode on emotional roller coaster hoping to get her listeners to join her on the trip. No one seemed interested in the ride. She cruised alone. She narrated how a video of her went viral on campus. At the mention of the video, proceeding was halted to enable members take a look at the purported video. She was waved on after the video was successfully transferred to the Dean’s device.
Nkem alleged that Chinasa must have been the brain behind the ordeal. “So your boys were on a revenge mission?” One of the panellists asked. Nkem opened her mouth to respond after she was reminded she was told silence was not a form of responds. “Respond to every question with a yes, no, I don’t know, I’m not aware or a full explanation. The Dean instructed her. “Yes”, she answered.
Pauline and the boys took their turn on the floor before they were asked to leave the hall. Nkem was later brought in again for further questioning.
The panellists went on break for about thirty minutes. The Student Union president was asked to come along with Chinasa in the next sitting which was fixed after lunch.
Chinasa vehemently denied knowing anything about Nkem’s video. Remember in the video, Nkem was forced on top of a desk where she stood to sing the National anthem and to pledge she would mind her business.
The Dean of Student Affairs was not totally convinced that Chinasa had nothing to do with the video. The panel, however,could not further the case since there was no iota of evidence linking her with the video.
All parties were instructed to return to their hostel. “You will be hearing from us tomorrow” the instruction further added.
On their way back to the hostel, Nkem and Pauline confronted each other. Nkem accused Pauline of plunging her into trouble by getting boys who could not execute simple task. Pauline insisted that the plan must have been leaked by somebody. “I’m sure Onyinye must have leaked the plan to Chinasa, because there was no way external Policemen could have known about our plan without an insider” Pauline protested.
They both rushed to see Onyinye at her hostel. Onyinye was nowhere near her hostel. Nobody could account for her where about either.
The following day, the verdict arrived, a line in the letter reads
“For kidnapping a fellow student and taking her against her will, you, Nkemakolam and your accomplices are hereby rusticated from this institution with immediate effect.”
The letter was signed by the Deputy Registrar and the Deans of Studies and Student Affairs.
Pauline and the three boys got their letters too. Silence enveloped Ebeano hostel, students were seen in groups discussing the matter.
Chinasa was asked to bring her parents to sign a bond of good behaviour if she planned to continue her studies in that institution.
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