Expelled NOUN Students: Court Adjourns Again for Judgment Since 2015

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A Fundamental Rights suit brought by two students of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) since their expulsion in December, 2015 has yet again been “reserved for judgment” till April 19th, 2018.

The student activists who were rusticated for forming an association among students with aim to protect their interests against perceived extortionate agendas and other highhanded policies had instituted a suit challenging the decision of the NOUN Management, which expelled them.

The students, Elias Ozikpu and Abdulrazaq Oyebanji Hamzat were expelled on basis that the school’s designed rules presuppose that students are forbidden to belong to or participate in any association or union, but are to always take and comply with every orders issued by the Management from time to time.

In their suit to undo the Management’s expulsion of them, the affected students had stated in their suit that the policy is in contravention of the Nigerian constitution which guarantees the right to freedom of association, and must be voided to the extent of its inconsistency with the fundamental laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

But since 2015, the NOUN Management had dragged the suit through several non-appearances in court and counter-motions to delay judgment on the suit.

Asides from court delays and transfer of matter from one court to another, judgment on the suit had also been deferred with judges reserving further days to deliver their verdicts.

The suit was first slated to be judged in April of 2016 before Justice CMA Olatoregun, but the judge granted the University‚Äôs application to “arrest” the reserved judgement and subsequently stepped down from the suit in what appeared strange in circumstance.
Again, judgment has been reserved for April 19th, 2018.

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