Embattled NOUN law graduates write Buhari, accuse DSS, NAN of conspiracy
The embattled law graduates of the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) under the aegis of Law Graduates Forum (LGF) on Thursday petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over alleged unending gimmicks being played by some persons to frustrate their admission into the Nigerian Law School for vocational training.
In a communiqué signed by Carl Umegboro and Ado Usman Garba; the group’s Chairman and Secretary respectively, LGF lamented the continued harassment by the Department of State Services (DSS) who are believed to have been used by some interested persons to prevent them from embarking on peaceful protests as a way to silence them.
The group also accused the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) of executing similar scripts by refusing to give them audience and opportunity to be heard each time they attempted to cry out through the nation’s media outlet over the unending delay tactics which had caused unbearable hardships to them.
The statement reads in part: “We, once again, express our profound gratitude for Your Excellency’s assent to the NOUN (Amendment) Act on the 7th December, 2018 with intention to resolve the protracted crisis on our admission into the Nigerian Law School since the first set graduated in 2013.
“Your Excellency, Sir, we however, regret to note that on the 7th day of December, 2019, the assent of the NOUN (Amendment) Act will be one year old. Yet, the innocent citizens that were persuaded by the Federal Government to apply for admission into her institution; National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) for accredited course of study are being frustrated since their graduation.
“It may shock Your Excellency to know that apart from adopting sundry delay tactics to keep us waiting in perpetuity despite Your Excellency’s interventions, some interested persons have been using the Department of State Security Service (DSS) to harass us each time we made attempts to cry out through peaceful protests. So far, our leader had been summoned five times by the DSS to stop us from peaceful protests.
“However, we wish to make it categorically clear that our patience have worn out, and we will no longer sit and watch fresh graduates admitted into the Nigerian Law School for vocational training while we roam the streets. For emphasis, the law school students that were called to bar on 26 November, 2019 graduated from their various universities in 2018. Meanwhile, the 2013 set from NOUN are roaming the streets.”
The statement, which drew President Buhari’s attention to a publication titled “Who is sabotaging NOUN and its law graduates”, appealed for investigation of the allegations.
The petition was copied to the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.
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