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Court orders ATBU to pay N1.1m, reinstate student illegally expelled

By Rukayat Akanbi

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Seven years after the Abubakar Tafawa Balawa University, ATBU illegally expelled one of its students, Victor Alom Oboh, a master degree student, the Court of Appeal, Jos Division has ordered his reinstatement. The Court has also ordered the tertiary institution to pay the damage of N1.1million to the master degree student over accusation of examination malpractice.

The Plaintiff, Victor Alom Oboh had filed a suit against the university in 2013 at the Federal High Court in Bauchi, challenging his expulsion by the management. After hearing, the presiding Judge, Justice Shittu Abubakar had on May 17, 2018 ruled that the expulsion of the plaintiff “is hereby voided and nullified. The defendant is hereby ordered to pay a sum of N1,000,000 as general damages.”

He also ordered that, Victor be re-instated to continue his study with immediate effect. Meanwhile, ATBU had also on June 1, 2018 challenged the ruling of the Federal High Court and approached the Appeal Court, Jos Division. In a copy of judgement passed by a three-man panel led by Justice Tani Yusuf Hassan and obtained by Our Correspondent, the Appeal Court upheld the ruling of the High Court.

He said that “the appeal failed and it is dismissed. That the judgement passed by Justice Shittu Abubakar hereby affirmed.” He ordered that ATBU pay Victor a sum of N100,000. In total, the university will pay the student N1,100,000 and reinstate him to further his master programme.

While reacting to the judgement, the plaintiff, Victor said he fought the battle to clean his name from the accusation. “Just within 3 minutes after commencement of an examination, an invigilator accused me of malpractice and asked me to fill form in that regard which I declined. I was expelled.” Victor said he would return to the school to further his master in engineering “with immediate effect.”


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