Thursday, 1 August 2013

Lead City Varsity Law Remains Invalid- Appeal Court Rules

Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission, Prof. Julius Okojie
| credits: Punch Newspaper
The National University Commission today emerged victorious as the court of appeal set aside the decision of the lower court over NUC's invalidation of Law Faculty of the Lead City University Ibadan.

The mood at the court was sober as students and parents could not hold their emotions as the judgment went against their interest.

It said the law of the university remains invalid until accredited by the NUC.

In a Unanimous decision, the Justices held that the Lead city university carried out illegal admission by admitting students to Study law three years (2005) before it was given approval by NUC to establish a law Faculty (2008) even without accreditation.

The Lead judgment delivered by Justice Chidi Nwaoma Uwa said whereas lead city university was granted license to establish Private university on 9th June 2005, the institution admitted students to study Law on 22nd May 2005.

The NUC had declared the Law of the Institution as Invalid for failing to meet the requirements for setting up a Law faculty as well as denied students graduated without accreditation to proceed to law school.

A student of the university Segun Alli who graduated with 1st Class in Law initiated the suit.

Justice Uwa ruled the plaintiff lacked locus to institute the case saying the battle was between NUC and Lead city University.

He said the student was an illegal and cannot benefit from his illegality.

The Justices said approval to set up a law faculty is not the same as accreditation of the course.

Counsel to Lead City University, S.Ola Oni thanked the Justices for the judgment adding that the university will do the appropriate things and ensure accreditation of the Course.

The Justice warned parents to get the requisite information before putting their wards in a university.

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