Over the weekend there were heated debates from different fora, social media, group gathering, et al, over the Abuja Campus Law School student that was Expelled.
Based on this TheNigerialawyer exclusively granted an interview to the Expelled student Kayode Bello to get the account of his ordeal in the hands of Nigerian Law school management.
TheNigerialawyer got different stories about your expulsion, some social media carried the story that you protested for the welfare of students. Could you tell us in summary what led to your expulsion?
Thank you for this opportunity to air what had happened. It is true that part of what I protested against were the welfare of students, but it all started with the issue of chairs, and the reservation of chairs. what led to my expulsion according to the authorities of the Nigerian law school were the fact that I challenged the authorities of the Nigerian law school on the facilities, especially having paid over 300,000 naira to the coffers of the Nigerian government via the Treasury Single Account. A student reserved a seat for friend due to inadequate seats in the hall of residence. I was in the seat, but I was chased out of the seat by one Mr. Akinyemi of the control room. I was also queried, then the whole students got to know what was going on. I petitioned Max Elizabeth Uba, the secretary to council of legal education of the matter, but up till this moment no response.
TheNigerialawyer, further gathered that it was because of an Aluta history you had back then in University of Ibadan. How true it this?
My dean, Prof. Oluyemis Bamgbose wrote a negative report against me to the Nigerian law school, one of the reasons was because they said I participated in a protest.
What was the learning environment in law school like?
Very poor. We fetch water, we are over 1800. People experience food poisoning. Study materials are duplicated, marshals threaten us. Lecturers threaten us that we must be fit and proper even where facilities are down.
TheNigerialawyer further gathered that you printed fliers and distributed them to students for protest, is this true?
No, I didn’t.
Did you feel bad after being betrayed by the Student’s Representative Council?
The student representative chairman, Mr Aniete and his excos betrayed me, but their actions were later condemned, I challenge the Student Representative Council to make public the minutes where the SRC excos were condemned for going against me.
Was a summary trial held against you at anytime?
They said there would be, but I said nemo judex in causa sua (they cant be a judge in their own case) especially that they failed to respond to my petition against mr Akinyemi. Mr Osamolu, head of academic affairs also threatened me, and ordered my eviction from the hostel without any panel or committee. I also petitioned the public complaints commission but the Nigerian law school never replied as I learnt.
Is it true you never showed up or failed to show up at the trial?
As I said, they have trampled upon my fundamental rights, and a cockroach cannot have mercy in a panel of fowls.
Why did you refuse to appear for the summary trial?
Because the panel will be against natural justice.
Why didn’t you wait to take up the step you took after your call to bar?
There is no any other time to fight against injustice than the time it occurs, time waits for no one.
It was gathered that you didn’t inform the school management on the challenges you were facing before going to your lawyer? What can you say about this?
They are aware, students tell them even in open space but they kept telling us that that is how it has always been, else they would expel us or not call us to Nigerian bar.