Judge dismisses suit by 328 dropped medical students against UNIJOS

Judge dismisses suit by 328 dropped medical students against UNIJOS

The Federal High Court sitting in Jos on Wednesday dismissed a suit filed by 328 medical students dropped by the University of Jos (UNIJOS) in January 2011.

The students had prayed the court to compel the university to readmit them for the course.

Delivering his ruling on the matter, Justice Ambrose Allagoah dismissed the suit for lack of merit.

The judge said the students had failed to convince the court that they were unjustly dropped by the university.

The judge declared: “From the records, the appellants have failed to prove before this honourable court that they were unjustly dropped by the university and therefore, their suit lacks merit. “

Counsel to the university, Mr.Ninnan Denden, had earlier told the court that the university dropped the students to retain its accreditation.

Denden admitted that the institution had admitted medical students during the 2008/2009 session in excess, thereby violating the quota allowed it by the Nigeria Medical and Dental Council.

He said that the university had to conduct a “trimming examination” for the 478 medical students, after which only 150 students were retained in compliance with the rules of the council.

The counsel said that the examination was the best option to the students and the university.

Denden also told the court that the university had given the affected students the option to choose other courses to continue with their studies, an offer they rejected.

Counsel to the students, Mr. Sunday Obende, argued that the students were unjustly denied the opportunity to continue with their course.

Obende prayed the court to compel the university to allow them to continue with their studies as undergraduate medical students and not to be forced to take other courses in replacement.

The judge said he was “in agreement with counsel to the university, that the action was statute barred, and is hereby dismissed.“ (NAN)

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