Nigerian Law School Keeps Mum Over Expulsion Of Student

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This is just as mixed reactions trailed the action of the school.

While many people described the decision as repressive, others blamed Bello for being aggressive.

PUNCH Metro had reported on Monday that Bello came to the notice of the authorities after he complained to Max-Uba about leaking sewage pipe in the toilet of his hostel and non-functioning of water system in the hostel rooms.

However, issues leading to his expulsion reportedly started from his disagreement with a fellow female student, identified as Chidima, over a seat the latter reserved for another student on March 15, 2017.

The Head Marshal of the school, one Akinyemi, was said to have intervened between the duo, asking Bello to forfeit the seat.

The 34-year-old graduate of University of Ibadan, Oyo State, contested Akinyemi’s judgement on the grounds that the head marshal had earlier warned against seat reservation in the overcrowded class.

While Bello petitioned the secretary and Public Complaint Commission on the matter, Akinyemi queried him.

Bello was accused of inciting students against the school and was ejected from his hostel room, while the door to the apartment and his bed were removed.

He was dragged from the library of the Nigerian Law School on July 17, after he refused to sign his expulsion letter and detained for hours at the Bwari Police Station, where his complaint against his eviction was earlier reported without action.

An official of the Public Complaints Commission, who spoke on condition of anonymity, had told PUNCH Metro that the school had not replied to the commission’s enquiries on the case, adding that a team of investigators visited the institution, but were unable to meet with the management.

The source said the team would pay another visit on Wednesday (today).

The Secretary to the Council of Legal Education, Max-Uba, had promised that the school would release a statement on the expulsion on Monday when contacted by our correspondent on Sunday for a reaction.

As of 10pm on Tuesday, she had yet to send the reaction to an email address our correspondent sent to her. Several calls put across to her line were unanswered, and she didn’t reply to text messages sent as a reminder.

Meanwhile, Nigerians on social media, including lawyers who claimed to have graduated from the Nigerian Law School, have condemned the decision of the school.

One Hilary Ogbonna, stated on Twitter that the act was retrogressive and inhuman.

“In 2017, the #Nigerian Law School, which should be a beacon of #humanrights is suppressing freedom and #humandignity. #Shame @NigBarAssoc,” @HilaryOgbonna wrote.

Meanwhile, Nigerians on social media, including lawyers who claimed to have graduated from the Nigerian Law School, have condemned the decision of the school.