See Why A Federal High Court in Lagos Fined National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN)
A Federal High Court in Lagos, on Friday, ordered the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) to pay a fine of N50,000 to some rusticated students. The students were rusticated by NOUN last year for expressing a desire to form an association to address welfare issues and hold meetings for scholarly purposes.
Following their rustication, the students filed a suit for redress before the Federal High Court in Lagos, which fined NOUN N50,000 for “wasting the students’ time” by its delayed response to the students’ suit.
Two of the affected students, Elias Ozikpu and Abdulrazaq Oyebanji Hazmat, missed their graduation in January 2016.NOUN had made a preliminary objection to the students’ lawsuit but refused to file response to the suit itself since last January.
The presiding judge, Justice Olatoregun, while awarding the fine, blamed NOUN’s lawyers for the saga, which was brought about by were serial absences in court and refusal to a file response to the suit on time.