Expulsion: lawmakers urge NUC to resolve Madonna University, students legal battle

Expulsion: lawmakers urge NUC to resolve Madonna University, students legal battle

- Officials at the Madonna University have been urged to resolved the legal crisis between the school and some students

- The House of Representatives called for a win-win resolution between all parties involved in the legal issue in the school

- The House said its members were worried by a situation where the rights of students of higher institutions were not protected

Lawmakers of the House of Representative has directed the National University Commission (NUC) to put an end to the lingering legal action between the Madonna University, Okija Nigeria and her two former students.

The lawmakers called for a win-win resolution between all parties involved in the legal issue in the school.

They also urged the expelled students and, petitioners to its committee on Public Petition to withdraw their suit in court against the University. 

The directive by the members of the House of Representatives followed an adopted  petition in the lower chamber by two former undergraduates of the university in the persons of Stanley Okoye and Anderford Lyord.

However the petition was assigned to the House committee on Public Petition chaired by Uzoma-Nkem Abonta.

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Speaking on the legal tussle, the chairman of the committee said the its members were worried by a situation where the rights of students of higher institutions were not protected.

Abonta said the two students however shocked the committee when they revealed that they were yet to complete their academic works to enable them obtain the institution's certificates. 

"It was therefore suggested that the school might consider providing the students with their transcripts to enable them to conclude their schooling somewhere else. 

"We want to prevent future occurrence, we want to keep standard and anybody that can't cope will be shown the way out. The University was directed to produce the absconded lecturer of computer science and the chief security officer on Tuesday," Abonta said.

He added that the committee had queried the management of the university for allegedly refusing to issue transcript to the former students after they applied for their transcript.

According to Abonta, the committee has also directed the NUC to settle the matter in a win-win resolution

In his reaction, the vice chancellor of Madonna University, Chuks Ezedum, assured the committee members of his commitment to resolving the matter.

Legit.ng recalls that Okoye who was in the department of civil engineering was allegedly was found culpable of vices such as examination malpractices, drug abuse and distribution, including academic failures which led to rustication, and loss of an academic year.

He was, therefore, said to have been rusticated on August 2, 2013 for examination malpractice in CVE 412: Hydraulics Engineering vide a letter, Ref. MAU/CR/D.3.

Okoye was later suspended on December 9, 2013 for one academic session for unlawful association and other vices vide a letter Ref. MAU/CR/S.1.

The totality of all this, it was reported led to loss of one academic year. He later withdrew from the school and in the process abandoned a five year course at the 400-level.

Also, Ga-Lim Aondofa Lord was said to be a spillover Engineering undergraduate due to academic failures and eventually suspected to be a leader of a cult group. 

Apparently unsatisfied by the by the treatment meted out to them by the University authority, the duo dragged the institution to court in Suit No. FHC/ENKS/50/2015; Ifeanyi Okoye & 2 Ors V. Governing Council, Madonna University but however lost the case and never appealed against the judgment till date.

Later, they petitioned the Executive Secretary, National Human Rights Commission, Abuja; the President, National Association of Nigerian Students, among others but the agencies and organisations petitioned recognized the competency of the courts and conceded that the matter before the courts be exhausted.

It was also revealed that none of the students involved in the matter had fulfilled the academic requirements for the award of a first degree. 

While Okoye dropped out of the University in the first semester, 400 level of his 5-year programme, Ga-Lim Aondofa Lord still has a number of courses to clear before graduation.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a Nigerian lady identified as Goodness Chidinma took to Twitter to call out her brother Chijioke Nnamani’s alma mater, Madonna university.

According to her, the school got her brother arrested over a post he made on social networking site, Facebook.

The controversial post described Madonna as a school where good lecturers are scarce and that the institution should be nice to the available ones before they resign.

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