[Abuja]–The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja on Friday, September 8 has advised for reconciliation between the Nigerian Law School and Mr. Kayode Olusegun Bello.
Recall that Mr. Bello had been expelled from the Abuja campus of the Nigerian Law School in July following a series of face off and encounter between him and the management of the institution over seat reservation and issues bothering on social welfare on the campus.
Following his expulsion by the Nigerian Law School, Mr. Bello filed a suit before the Federal High Court against the Nigerian Law School and the Inspector General of Police to challenge his expulsion and allow him to write the Bar final examination that was scheduled for August 15, 2017.
On August 9, the court had ordered the Nigerian Law School to permit Kayode Bello to write the Bar final examinations but the Law School ignored the order which provoked outbursts of public criticism against the Nigerian Law School as people argued that it has become an unfortunate judiciary if the Law School cannot obey the law.
It was stated in a report that Dr Olanrewaju Onadeko, SAN, the Nigerian Law School Director General while addressing the 2017 Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association attributed the public’s perception of the case to misleading and divergent views making the rounds on social media and called upon the Counsel to the Council of Legal Education (CLE) to shed more light on the issue of which the Counsel to CLE had said and pointed out that Mr. Bello did not institute an action to challenge his expulsion as a student of the Nigerian Law School but to challenge his removal from the school premises.
At the adjourned date of September 8, the court has howver advised the parties on reconciliation.
In a post by Kayode Bello today, he said, ” Court asked parties (Council of Legal Education and Kayode Bello) to reconcile. We are not opposed to reconciliation as advised by Justice Quadri of the Federal High Court, Abuja, but if reconciliation fails, the litigation would have to continue, and we are aware of tactics and antics that may go on.
“I must thank you all this moment, thanks to my mentors, and thanks to the lawyers who had appeared for me, as see you as Senior Advocates, or Judges one day.”
“However, we would continue to update you if there is any development, even if there would be reconciliation we would tell you,” he added.
In an earlier phone call with Mr. Kayode Bello, he had expressed his optimism about the Nigerian Judicial system giving him justice and he was confident that he will be allowed to write his exams and get called to bar alongside his colleagues later this year.
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