It was jubilation galore in the premises of the Federal High Court, Ilorin Judicial Division, last Friday, when the Presiding Judge of the Court, Hon. Justice N. I. Afolabi, set aside the expulsion of Sunday James Bamidele by the University of Ilorin.
In 2016, Bamidele was expelled by the University of Ilorin on the basis of an allegation that he wrongfully and deliberately organised and arranged with other persons to slot in his name into the admission list of 2015/2016 academic session without the knowledge of the University.
Feeling aggrieved with his expulsion, the student through his counsel, A. O. Isau Esq., approached the Federal High Court, Ilorin Judicial Division, to seek legal redress.
One of the issue submitted by the Plaintiff’s Counsel, A. O. Isau Esq. ACTI, for determination, was ‘Whether the proceeding of the Students Disciplinary Committee of the University of Ilorin which led to the Expulsion of the Plaintiff was conducted in line with the principle of natural justice of fair hearing’.
Counsel submitted that the Students Disciplinary Committee of the University of Ilorin breached the principle of fair hearing when it failed to give the Plaintiff adequate time and facilities to respond to the allegation against him, and that, the Students Disciplinary Committee of the University of Ilorin denied the Plaintiff the opportunity to respond in writing to the allegation as required by the rules of the University.
The judge, in his landmark judgment agreed with the submission of the Plaintiff’s Counsel and set aside the proceedings of the Students Disciplinary Committee of the University of Ilorin that led to the expulsion of the Plaintiff and nullified the expulsion of the Plaintiff from the University.
In his remark after the judgment, A. O. Isau Esq. ACTI, the Plaintiff’s counsel, commended the judgement of the Federal High Court and said that the Court has just re-affirmed the notion that the judiciary is the last hope of common man and the voice of the voiceless. Counsel also advised that Institutions should always ensure that they adhere to the principle of fair hearing as entrenched in the Constitution.
Bamidele also thanked the Court for ensuring that justice was done in his case. He expressed his desire to resume as a student of the University of Ilorin as his purported expulsion has been set aside by the court.