Justice Chidi Nwaoma Uwa of the Court of Appeal sitting in Ibadan has ruled that the Law Course being offered at the Lead City University remained invalid until accredited by the National University Commission (NUC).
The Justices of the Court of Appeal set aside the judgment of the lower court which ruled against the NUC alleged invalidation of the law degree of the private university.
A graduate of law student of the university who made first class, Segun Alli had dragged NUC to court for alleged invalidation of the law degree of the school and denying him to proceed to law school after it had granted approval to the university to run a law faculty.
In an unanimous judgement, Justice Uwa, supported by two other justices of the court upheld the appeal of the NUC declaring the operation of law in the university without accreditation as an illegality.
In her lead Judgment which lasted over three hours, Justice Uwa said , the students does not have a locus standi to have dragged the NUC to court as the matter under contention was between NUC and the Lead City University over compliance with directives to set up a valid law faculty.
She said the appeal of NUC was upheld due to the failure of the university to obtain and meet the requirements of the NUC and National Council of Legal Education before graduating students for the same course.
"Lead City University had admitted students to study law in the university on 22nd of May 2005 whereas the University got a license to operate on 9th June, 2005. There was no accreditation, there was not validation, it was an invalid, invalid and so I set aside the judgment of the lower court and uphold the appeal.’
While saying that the NUC approved the setting up of a law faculty at the university in 2008 while the University graduated their first law students in 2009, the court described the exercise as totally illegal.
The judge blamed the lower court for blowing hot and cold in the case, adding that Segun Alli acted as a ‘busy body’ in a matter that is between the university and regulatory body.
Saying that the student cannot benefit from illegality, Justice Uwa advised parents to investigate properly the institutional accreditation status before sending their wards especially for courses like Law and Medicine.
She said approval of a course is not the same as accreditation saying it amounted that the university graduated students who were supposed to undergo a 5year course in a year.
According to her, after approval, the university must meet up with the NUC guidelines 1,3,14 and 15 stipulating requirements.
The judgement saw the courtroom wearing sober mood by students of the university and their parents studying law.