Law Programme Suspension; Baze University Trustees, Senate To Meet


Some law students of Baze University, Abuja, have expressed worries over the five-year embargo placed on admission into the Faculty of Law at the varsity by the Council of Legal Education.

The council noted in a statement that the varsity had consistently violated its approved quotas, adding that findings by the Nigerian Law School revealed that the varsity founded by the Labour Party’s presidential running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, was carrying over 347 backlogged law graduates awaiting admission.

A first-year student, Hauwa (surname withheld), said she had just started her law education in the varsity and did not want any form of disruption due to compliance issues.

“The law students in the university are really many. In my class alone, we are almost 100 and some people, I learnt, may join us during our second year for direct entry.

“My parents are worried. They have asked if the ban affects my set but I don’t even know anymore because the school is yet to make a statement on it,” he said.

In a WhatsApp screenshot, Hauwa sent, several of her classmates on their online platform, expressed their confusion and sadness over the development.

One Joseph (surname withheld) said he got a call from his father on Saturday morning when the news broke, asking if he would have to transfer to another school.

Another student, who only identified himself as Tunji, said he spent over three years searching for admission from several universities before he got into Baze.

He said, “Baze should fix this. This thing is just suspicious. They should not bring their politics into our school. The law faculty was not complaining.”

Trustees’ meeting

Meanwhile, a source in the office of the Registrar of the University stated that the university’s Board of Trustees and Senate were set to meet this week on the matter.

The source said, “Our Pro-Chancellor is aware and he has given instructions. The BoT and Senate are also going to meet on the matter this week. It will be resolved. No student should be afraid to choose Baze.”

‘Ban politically-motivated’

The Spokesman for Obi-Datti Campaign Organisation, Yunusa Tanko, on Saturday faulted the sanction on Baze University, alleging that it was an orchestrated attack on the owner, Senator Datti Baba-Ahmed.


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