Court stops bid to reduce law school fees

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An Abuja Federal High Court on Thursday dismissed a suit in which a human rights lawyer, Bamidele Aturu, sought to stop the Council of Legal Education from imposing what he described as oppressive and excessive fees on students of the Nigerian Law School.
The Chief Judge of the FHC, Justice Ibrahim Auta, struck out and dismissed the suit on the grounds that Aturu lacked the locus standi to bring the action before the court.
Aturu had in the suit argued that the sum of N235,000 fees levied on students of the school was “oppressive and excessive.”
He asked the court to declare that the fee constituted a denial of the students’ right to education.
But the Council of Legal Education opposed the suit.
The Council, which runs the Nigerian Law School, insisted that Aturu lacked the locus standi to bring the action before the court.
It therefore asked the court to dismiss the suit.
Aturu had, in a bid to justify his right to file the suit, informed the court that he assists indigent students to pay their fees in the Nigerian Law School.

Source: The Punch – Nigeria’s Most Widely Read Newspaper

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