BY OLA AJAYI
IBADAN – A Federal High Court sitting in Ibadan, Oyo State, has restrained the National Universities Commission, NUC, from going back on its initial accreditation of the Law programme of a private university, Lead City University, Ibadan.
One of the Law graduates of the institution, Mr. Segun Alli instituted a suit against the NUC over the withdrawal of accreditation of the programme which triggered off protest by the institution’s students.
While delivering a ruling on the suit marked FHC/IB/CS/50/2009, Justice Jonathan Shakarho, declared as unacceptable the claim of NUC that the accreditation exercise it conducted in May 2008 was invalid because the Legal Council of Education was not represented at the accreditation exercise.
According to the trial judge, such claim was illegal and ultra-vires, saying it ran contrary to Section 10 and 11 of Education Act 2005.
The judge said the claim of the NUC was also contrary to Sections 4 (i) (a), (ii) and (iii) of the NUC Acts of 2004.
The judge ruled that the NUC should within 60 days, arrange and secure from the Council of Legal Education, a date and visit to re-assess the faculties of Lead City University to enable the graduates of law proceed to the Nigerian Law School this year, 2011.