KayBello writes a rejoinder to law school press release

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By: Kayode Bello

[Analyses]–First and foremost, I must say a very big thank you all for your support so

far, because without you maybe not a single soul would have heard about my

illegal expulsion from the Nigerian Law School. All that had happened

clearly showed that we cannot rest on our oars. However, it is quite

shocking and shameful that the Nigerian Law School which everyone should

see as a beacon of light and hope for justice had degraded to an arena of

lies and deception.

Anyway, I would chronicle my response which dates to October 13, 2008, when

I was released from detention over hike in school fees. I do not want to

bore us with details, but comments of those that knew about it all would

show that I was not part of the said protest of the October 13, 2008, but I

was already detained at the Sango Police station, and Iyaganku Police

station subsequently when the protest broke out. Today, the report the

Nigerian Law School got from Prof. Oluyemisi Bamgbose, the then Dean of the

Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan was that I was involved in the

disruption of peace and tranquility on campus. Please, fellow alumni of the

University of Ibadan, who witnessed the 2008 protest on hike in school fees

during Professor Olufemi Bamiro’s regime as the Vice Chancellor of the

University of Ibadan, was I in the protest then? I allow those University

of Ibadan graduates to be my witnesses. To answer that, if allowed, I was

detained for three days without knowing the offence I committed. One

witness whom I withhold his name later inboxed me that I did not even

distribute flyers as alleged by the authorities of the University of Ibadan.

Moreover, I love to state that at no time did the authorities of the

Nigerian Law School wanted to admit me into the Nigerian law school. The

case of my unlawful denial of admission to the Nigerian Law School was

reported by me to the Public Complaints Commission that stated that I could

only reapply to the Nigerian Law School in 2016 admission period.

One of the statements by the Nigerian Law School that caught my attention

was , ‘’ the Dean’s confidential report showed that he defied the

authorities of the University and continued his programme without serving

out the rustication period. It was when his defiance was discovered that he

was forced to comply.’’ I think the Nigerian Law School knows what I don’t

know of. In the University of Ibadan I know of, immediately the panel or

committee rusticates or expels a student, you have to obey, and the Vice

Chancellor would direct that the security operatives follow you to pack

your belongings from the hostel. Maybe when we get to Court, the Nigerian

Law School would provide when I was forced to comply with rustication.

‘’After his studentship was reinstated, he was unrepentant as the report

indicated his involvement in a case of gross misconduct (insurbodination),

which made the Board of the Faculty of Law to recommend him for further

disciplinary action’’: with due respect to those who want us to be fit and

proper, this statement is not complete and correct being that when I was

recommended for the disciplinary action, what happened? The Dean, Professor

Oluyemisi Bamgbose that wrote you did not tell what happened as she and one

Dr. Akintayo John of the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan were hell

bent on expelling me from the University of Ibadan. The Faculty of Law,

University of Ibadan pasted on its board for information, a summer

multi-lateral international programme in Geneva, Switzerland in June, 2012,

I applied and I was admitted, but I needed fund, then I applied for grant

to the then Vice Chancellor, Professor Adewole Isaac, the incumbent Health

Minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but Dr. Akintayo John, the

Acting Dean, stood against it, and said because a year before, in 2011 a

colleague and now a lawyer, Mr. John Bamgbose in-law to the then Dean of

the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan, and myself benefitted from the

University of Ibadan because we presented a paper on Climate Change at a

conference in the United kingdom, among other reasons he gave in writing to

malign the approving authority. We represented our University and our dear

country, Nigeria.

But because that time around the in-law to the then Dean, Prof. Oluyemisi

Bamgbose was not involved it was a sin for me to apply for scholarship or

grant from the University of Ibadan, so I opined. Dr. Akintayo later

reported me to the then Dean of the Faculty of Law, Prof. Oluyemisi

Bamgbose, when she came back that I was rude to him, and that I said he

should act reasonably as to his discretion not to sign my request to the

approving authorities. The matter was reported to the then Vice chancellor

of the University of Ibadan who waded into the matter, and asked the

Faculty of Law to drop any allegation against me, having petitioned him

especially via the facebook. A copy of my reply to Prof. Oluyemisi Bamgbose

to act quickly that I would miss the programme if she did not sign my

introduction letter to the Swiss Embassy was sent to the then Minister of

Education and she wrote me that she received it. It took the intervention

of the then Vice chancellor that I eventually went for the Swiss programme

in the Switzerland representing my University and country, Nigeria, at the

Kofi Annan’s once-attended institution, Geneva, Switzerland, christened

Graduate Institute.

I thought all was over at a time as the then Dean of the Faculty of Law

reconstituted another panel to go against the decision of the vice

chancellor then, prof. Adewole Isaac, but all were in futility. The then

Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Oluyemisi Bamgbose waited for me at

the time to be mobilized for the Nigerian Law School, as I later got to

know through the Public Complaints Commission that an adverse report was

made against me by the then Dean of the Faculty, Prof. Oluyemisi Bamgbose.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Law School gave me admission in 2012 but was

withdrawn from its website without any reason. It took longer period

before Prof. Oluyemisi Bamgbose could process my admission and result to

the Nigerian Law School, but at that time I called the attention of the

Nigerian Law School to an anomaly that they admitted two students, one

Opadare and another Chuckwuemeka without complete results from the

University of Ibadan, which the authorities of the University of Ibadan

and the Nigerian Law School swept it under the carpet till today, and that

my admission was been delayed unnecessarily. Rather they ganged up against

me, and delayed my admission to the Nigerian Law School for four years. But

in 2014, after I pursued the Law school admission from 2012 to 2013 through

the Public Complaints commission, I left the country to volunteer in the

Philippines for the typhoon Yolanda victims with an America-based

organization, called the All Hands Volunteers ( Hands.org). In the

Philippines, I narrated my ordeals to the United Nations High

Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and sought asylum which partially gave

me the opportunity to start my Master’s programme in Public

Administration (in view).

In 2015, when a new government was sworn in promising to fight corruption,

and ensure good governance, I asked the Philippines asylum/refugee

authorities to allow me go to Nigeria to pursue my Nigerian Law School

case, which was accepted.

I was in Nigeria in 2015 and I went to the Public Complaints Commission for

my somewhat abandoned case. Noteworthy is the fact that in the Nigerian Law

School’s response to the Public Complaints Commission, they stated that I

would be communicated once the Council of Legal Education was done with my

referred case. I love to state that the Nigerian Law School or the Council

of legal Education never communicated me, but I went with a lawyer to the

Public Complaints Commission for the outcome of my somewhat abandoned case

since 2013 I petitioned.

Hurriedly, the Public Complaints Commission scribbled something in a

document calling it outcome of its investigation that I should reapply in

2016, which I did, but I further contested the decision of the Public

Complaints Commission at the National Human Rights Commission, but the

Human Rights Commission stated that it could not entertain my case because

the Public Complaints Commission had decided my case. Along the line, I

contacted Bamidele Aturu , of Blessed memory, before travelling out who

later demanded that I pay filing fee to sue the Council of Legal

Education, but that time I was even living from hand to mouth. Dr. Tahiru

Mamman was the Director General of the Nigerian law School then. I already

deposed to an affidavit to sue the Council of Legal Education at the

Federal High Court in Lagos but to be filed in Abuja being the place of

business of the Council of Legal Education.

I left the country in that 2015, when I saw the Nigerian Law School would

not be possible that particular year again. I went back to the Philippines

continuing my Master’s programme under the asylum programme. I told them in

the Philippines that the travail and the victimization still continued

somewhat, yet unresolved because I still wanted to sue the Council of Legal

Education and possibly others then, while others advised that I should not,

and but wait for the 2016 admission period. At a time, I petitioned the

United Nations Human Rights Agency over the denial of my law school

admission, but yet to receive any response from them.

In June 2016, I was in the Philippines when a friend and confidant messaged

me that the authorities of the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan needed

my result and other documents for Law School admission. At first, I said

that all the Faculty of law needed for my admission should be with them

especially in terms of when I graduated and whether I had graduated or not.

I discovered that my statement of result duly signed by the Exams Officer

in the Uniiversity was doubted, and I was asked by the person helping me in

Nigeria to apply to send more documents, I did and I even sent copy of

letter sent to the Solicitors’ Regulatory Authorities (SRA) in the United

Kingdom that I am a graduate of the University of Ibadan that the

University was processing my certificate. Fellow Nigerians, I must tell

that the incumbent Health Minister, Prof. Adewole Isaac did not release my

certificate, and I was even referred to as a student of the University of

Ibadan even after I became a graduate. For years, the University of Ibadan

kept removing my name, up till now, from the Convocation Book without any

reason because I wrote about sufferings of the students on campus in the

University of Ibadan when a no-cooking policy was declared by the then Vice

Chancellor, Prof. Adewole Isaac, of which it became one of the issues the

students of the University of Ibadan agitated for that led to suspension of

academic activities and Students’ Union by Prof. Abel Olayinka, the

incumbent Vice Chancellor of the University of Ibadan.

Eventually, I forwarded relevant documents to the Faculty of Law

authorities, then I was told that my name and documents had been forwarded

to the Nigerian Law School for admission purpose. I came to Nigeria again

in October, 2016 after taking leave of absence from my graduate school in

the Philippines. But before I left, I discovered another anomaly that name

was omitted from the Registration list on the portal of the Nigerian law

school. I was advised to go to Abuja to pursue the admission, I got to

Abuja law school campus with a just one shirt and a pair of trousers

thinking it was something I could resolve soonest but I had to return to

Ibadan to pack all my load to return to Abuja, else they would deny me

admission again. Lest I forget, when I first got to the Nigerian Law

School, they denied they received any document for my admission from the

University of Ibadan, but I quickly showed them the decision of the Public

Complaints Commission on my case, then they had no choice but to comply. A

letter I wrote to Mr. Lanre Onadeko (SAN) on November 09, 2016 on the

anomaly on my admission was never replied up till date, but it was

rectified after writing the head of the Information and Communication Unit

(ICT), Mr Omoyele, and copying the Secretary to Council of Legal Education

before it was rectified, during session, not before the academic session. I

must state that the Nigerian Law School and Council of Legal Education

never gave me fair hearing when it received report against me from prof.

Oluyemisi Bamgbose.

I eventually started admission, and the Council’s communication to me on my

admission was given in February 2017 after repeated requests, way long

after resumption, for the resumption was in November, 2016, meaning the

Council of Legal Education never communicated me on its decision on my law

school admission before admission exercise, whereas the Council’s decision

had been given since June, 2014. I got to know I would reapply through the

Public Complaints Commission in 2015. What was contained in the letter to

me by the Council of Legal Education was that I was given a benefit of

doubt not ‘’a letter of warning’’ as stated in the law school ‘s statement

against me.

I challenge the Nigerian Law school to bring out the polo shirt and

inscriptions accused of. As reported by the Punch Newspaper of Monday 24,

2017, a representative of the University said the Students’ Representative

Council (SRC) regretted issuing a disclaimer against me. The Nigerian Law

School should prove that I had estranged relationship with my colleagues.

It is trite that he who asserts or alleges must prove.

The Nigerian Law School or Council of Legal Educaton should provide the

iron rod, and necessary convincing evidence to substantiate their

allegations.

On the issue of letter from the law firm I was, it might interest anyone

that for record purpose I have forwarded a voice transcript of how, the

person I complained against at the Equity Law partners, where I was posted,

to the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) headquarters, she dealt with me

insulting me and degradingly. The Principal Partner, Prof. Akper Peter

(SAN) and Managing Partner, Mr. Shankyalu Tersoo were not around at times

so the person who signs my log book one day flared up that she would not

sign it again, without justifiable reasons. Thus, based on the information

on the log book of the Nigerian Law School for attachment, it was written

that whenever we have challenges where posted we can report to the NBA

chairman or the Nigerian law school for reposting which I did complain to

the NBA headquarters. The Nigerian Bar Association headquarters intervened

and the vice chairman NBA Abuja Branch, Mr. Oyefeso Tunde was contacted. I

finished the remaining part of my externship with him. My sin was that I

reported the partner at the Equity law partners to the NBA when the partner

threatened or said she could not sign my log book again which she earlier

signed. I reported the issue to a Senior partner at the law firm because

the managing partner was not around, and the principal partner was not

around too. When I saw that the matter could not be resolved as I was told

that the person that threatened not to sign my log book was directly

employed by the Principal partner, Peter Akper, the Senior Advocate of

Nigeria and that the principal partner told me that the Nigerian Law School

had already told them that I was a troublesome person but I said all he

must have been told were to defame me as they have always been doing.

Moreover, it is quite sad that the Nigerian law school or the Council of

legal education would include a one-sided report against me, without first

hearing from me as the externship reports are two sides: one report from

the externship employer and the other from me as an intern/extern, then a

fair hearing should be given, by comparing both reports. It shows clearly

that the Nigerian law school under the directorship of Mr. Lanre Onadeko

(SAN), or the Council of Legal Education is indeed biased against me.

Needless for me to respond again to the seat reservation and facility

issues since these have been thrashed out in various media, except there is

new development worthy of response.

Thank you. God bless us all.




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