Latest report reaching us has it that a human rights lawyer, Maxwell Opara has Drags National Open University of Nigeria, NOUN, to Court Over Unapproved Law Degree Programme.
According to the report, Abula-based human rights lawyer, Maxwell Opara asked a Federal High Court in Abuja to stop the purported law degree programmes of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN).
In a summons filed by Maxwell counsel, Nnenna Opara, the lawyer said the law programme of NOUN has not been approved, and has not conformed to the minimum standards of law education as set by the Nigerian Law School (NLS)’s Council of Legal Education (CLE).
The CLE standard stipulates that “law must be studied on a full time basis and not on part time or by correspondence.”
Maxwell Opera told the court that NOUN and the National Universities Commission (NUC) “deceived and lured innocent Nigerians to believe that NOUN was duly accredited to offer law courses.”
Besides being a Nigerian tax payer, Opara admits that he expended his fortune to sponsor 2 persons to take the programme until he realized that NOUN has no approval to offer law when thousands of the programme’s graduates with LL.B degrees were rejected by the Nigerian Law School.
At the meantime, Justice Ahmed Mohammed has ordered the applicant to serve hearing notices on NOUN and the NUC.
He adjourned the matter to October 1 for hearing.
We will keep you updated.