The law graduates have not been able to proceed to the Law school.
The Court of Appeal, Ibadan, will on Wednesday deliver judgment on the validity of the Law programme offered at Lead City University.
The National Universities Commission, NUC, had approached the appellate court after a Federal High Court, Ibadan, restrained it from invalidating its earlier accreditation of the Law programme of the private university.
Segun Alli, a first class Law graduate of the institution had dragged the NUC and Lead City University before the Federal High Court, Ibadan, for eroding the dreams of the school’s Law graduates of proceeding to the Nigeria Law School after graduation.
Lead City University, licensed by the Federal Government in 2005, had just ended its eighth academic session.
In its July 26, 2011, judgment, the Federal High Court, Ibadan, described the NUC ‘meddling’ into the affairs of the institution as a “constructive malice.”
In July last year, the NUC visited the institution again with a suspension of its licence.
However, there are indications that both institution and regulator now have a cordial relationship, although NUC insisted it would resolve the Law programme dispute in court.
The Federal High Court, in suit FHC/IB/CS/50/2009, declared as unlawful the claim by NUC that the accreditation exercise it conducted in May 2008 became invalid because the Legal Council of Education was not represented at the accreditation exercise.
According to the Federal High Court judgment, such claim was illegal and ran contrary to Section 10 and 11 of Education Act 2005.
The judge also said the claim of the NUC was also contrary to Sections 4 (i) (a), (ii) and (iii) of the NUC Act of 2004.
The fate of the Law graduates has been hanging in the air since 2009, as the Law graduates had been unable to proceed to the Nigerian Law School.
AbdulSemihi Oladele, a Law graduate from the school, said that the judgment of the Appeal Court would be a huge step towards the realisation of his dream as a lawyer.
“It’s only in Nigeria that people play politics with future of its citizens. But having kept faith in rule of law we believe justice would prevail,” Mr. Oladele said.
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