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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Ignore NUC, Lead City University Tells Students & parents.

The authorities of the Lead City University, Ibadan have asked students of the school, especially Law students and their parents not to be bothered over media threat by the National Universities Commission to close down the programme at the university.

Also, a graduate of the university, Rev. Segun Alli, has sought a court order of committal for the Executive Secretary, NUC, Prof. Julius Okojie, and the commission’s Director of Academic Standards, Prof. Alhassan Bichi, for allegedly making statements on the institution which were capable of bringing the administration of Law in the country to disrepute.

In a statement by the institution’s Director of Corporate Affairs and Communication, Dr. Ayobami Owolabi, the university urged stakeholders to disregard the “inciteful announcement”, saying it was yet to receive an official correspondence on the issue from the NUC.

He advised appropriate authorities to caution Okojie in the interest of the stability and progress of the country’s education system.

In his application, Alli also sought an order of perpetual injunction restraining the defendants from closing down the Law programme of the university pending the determination of a substantive suit on the issue.

Alli claimed that Okojie made a television announcement, stating that the commission had closed down the law programme of the university, whereas it was still a subject of an ongoing suit. 

He added that Okojie made similar pronouncements in a national newspaper on January, 11.

As for Bichi, Alli claimed that the professor addressed a press conference where he made pronouncements on the matter of the suit. 

Bichi’s statement, he said, was prejudicial to the adjudication of this case. He also claimed that the pronouncements were capable of bringing the administration of the law into disrepute and impugn on the integrity of the court. 

In the affidavit filed in support of his claims, Alli stated that the pronouncements made by the defendants were prejudicial on the subject matter before the court, adding that they were capable of interfering with the judicial process in the case.

by Olalekan Adetayo.
Coiled Out of Punch NewsPaper.