June 10, 2009

Exam malpractice: Court grants order against EFCC

ABUJA — A Federal High Court sitting in Abuja yesterday, granted leave to bring an application for judicial review for an order of mandamus in the case of two law students of the University of Abuja, Yinka Afolayan and Bright Edobor against the chairman of the Economic and Financial crimes Commission, Farida Waziri, Inspector General of Police, Mike Okiro and former director of Operations of EFCC, DCP Tunde Ogunshakin.

According to the order given by Justice A. Bello, the application by the students shall also be by motion on notice to be served on all respondents with the order for leave while any other relief should await the hearing of the motion on notice.

The two law students who are in 500 and 400 levels, are seeking among others, a declaration that the EFCC has no power to investigate exam malpractices except the Nigeria Police.

They are seeking the reliefs because of the harassment, intimidation and inducements from several persons claiming to be agents of EFCC, who wanted them (students) to implicate Mr. Tunde Ogunshakin of exam malpractice when they have severally said there was nothing like that.

Aside this, the students are insisting that at no time was any of them apprehended by the Abuja university security office over any exam malpractice except that two persons claiming to be EFCC officials invited them to the security office, intimidated and harassed them on allegation of exam malpractice which they denied.

It would be recalled that a national daily (not Vanguard), reported that the former director of EFCC was involved in exam malpractice and that one of the students was writing the Law of Equity examination on behalf of Mr. Ogunshakin.

One of the students averred in his affidavit that, “The matter took a new turn when on the 7th of May, 2009, I was accosted by a person who claimed to be sent by an official of the EFCC. Thereafter, he pleaded with me to implicate Mr. Ogunsakin with a promise to sponsor my studies in any foreign university of my choice”.