By Charly Agwam
Victor Alom Oboh, a 300-level student at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi, who was unfairly expelled from the school for negligent examinations, won his case against the school in the Court of Appeal, Jos Division.
The Court of Appeal ordered ATBU to reinstate and pay N1.1 million damages to Oboh for illegally expelling him.
on the charge of negligence in examination.
In the ruling passed by a three-man panel led by Judge Tani Yusuf Hassan, the Court of Appeal upheld the ruling of an earlier High Court ruling.
The court held that “the appeal failed and was dismissed. That the sentence handed down by Judge Shittu Abubakar is affirmed ”.
He ordered ATBU to pay Oboh the sum of N100,000 in addition to the million nairas awarded him by the High Court.
Excited by the ruling, the plaintiff, Victor Oboh, said he fought to clear his name and defend his dignity.
“Just 3 minutes after the start of an exam, a proctor accused me of negligence and asked me to fill out the form that I rejected, then I was expelled,” he said.
He added that he would return to school to continue his studies with immediate effect.
In early 2013, the plaintiff, Victor Alom Oboh, had filed a lawsuit against the university in the Bauchi Federal High Court, where he challenged his expulsion by the management.
Oboh received N1,000,000 as general damages, to be paid by ATBU after the presiding judge, Judge Shittu Abubakar, on May 17, 2018, ruled that the plaintiff’s expulsion “is null and void,” while ordered that the student be reinstated and allowed to continue his study with immediate effect.
However, ATBU challenged the Federal Superior Court ruling and addressed the Jos Division Court of Appeals on June 1, 2018.