By Omolola Shobowale
Lagos—Association of Christian Theologians, ACT, has dragged the National Universities Commission, NUC, before a Federal High Court sitting in Lagos, challenging the insistence of the commission to accredit courses offered by faith based universities in the country.
Also joined as a defendant in the suit is the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice.
Meanwhile, the court, yesterday, adjourned till March 12, 2018 for continuation of trial.
The plaintiffs suing through Prof Augustus Macaulay for himself and on behalf of United Bible University and Incorporated Trustees of ACT, are praying the court to declare that Nigeria, being a secular state by virtue of the provisions of Section 10 of the 1999 Constitution, NUC lacks the power to regulate Christian education and theological education in Nigeria.
They are through their counsel, Mr Kayode Oyedeji, asking the court perpetually restrain the defendants jointly and severally, their servants, agents or privies from harassing, disturbing, intimidating and or doing anything to affect the liberty of the First Plaintiff with respect to First Plaintiff’s activities at Unite Bible University, UBU, being regulated by the Second Plaintiff.
They are also asking the court to declare that UBU being regulated by the second plaintiff is a non secular University and outside the purview of regulatory mandate of NUC.
They are praying among others.
* A Declaration that in view of the curriculum UBU being regulated by the second plaintiff, the said United Bible University is undertaking non secular education outside the purview and or regulatory powers of NUC. *A declaration that by virtue of the provision of section 10, 38 & 40 of the 1999 Constitution coupled with the objects of the Second Plaintiff the Second Plaintiff has the powers to regulate the activities of its members concerning Christian education and theology.
* A declaration that NUC lacks statutory and constitutional powers to regulate Christian education and theological education in Nigeria.