Aspiring UNILAG students sue the university and JAMB

Nine aspiring undergraduates have today, the 24th of July 2015, filed a suit against the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), its Registrar Prof. Dibu Ojerinde and the University of Lagos (UNILAG) and its Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Rahmon Bello. The nine plaintiffs are seeking the judicial review of the actions of the university and JAMB in removing their names from the list of candidates eligible to sit for the 2015 UNILAG’s Post-UTME examinations which is scheduled to hold on the 12th and 13th of August 2015. They are seeking an order of mandamus to compel the school and its Vice-Chancellor to sell the 2015 post-UTME forms to them as well as an order prohibiting the removal of their names from the list of candidates eligible to sit for the exams.

The plaintiffs allege that they bought the 2015 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations (UTME) forms and sat for the examinations on the 14th of March 2015 on the published condition that if they scored above 180 marks, they would be eligible to sit for UNILAG’s post-UTME. The nine plaintiffs – Kofoworola Olukanmi, Mojisola Solola, Mojisola Ajetunmobi, Ayomide Olajide, Joseph Omotosho, Olabimpe Oladipupo, Chijoke Nwachukwu, Saviour Echedom and Adebola Ekungomi scored 235, 247, 239, 228, 247, 228, 233, 235 and 223 respectively. They allege that JAMB and its Registrar removed their names from the list of eligible candidates few days to the commencement of the sale of the post-UTME forms for UNILAG, a situation which they allege deprives them of the right to compete for admission in the university of their choice. They stated that media reports are to the effect that Prof. Ojerinde has directed that the names of students who scored below 250 marks be forwarded to private universities. They further stated that the pre-litigation letters written by their lawyers to both institutions to rescind the decision were ignored.

The suit with Suit No: FHC/L/CS/1135/2015 had not been assigned to a vacation judge at the time of this report.