The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has dragged the Bayelsa state Attorney-General and commissioner of justice, Kemesuode Wi-Fi and the Vice Chancellor of the state owned Niger Delta University (NDU), Prof. Samuel Edoumiekumo, to court over the ban on student union activities on the Institution.
Also included in the suit numbered YHC/70/2018 is the institution, the Niger Delta University.
The CLO, in the originating summon, made available to journalists in Yenagoa, sought the court declaration that the purported suspension of the student union government activities both at faculty and department level of the Niger Delta University is null and void and of no effect whatsoever.
“A declaration that the purported suspension of Student Union Government activities of the Niger Delta University on the 27th day of April, 2018 is null and void and should be set aside. ”
The CLO, through an affidavit deposed to by his member, Bekinwariye David-West, asked the court to determine five questions based on the need to protect the fundamental Human Rights of the students of the institution.
According o the questions put before the Court, the CLO sought the permission of the Court to determine “whether by the virtue of the law establishing the Niger Delta University Cap. N3.2000,the powers of the Vice Chancellor also include the power tobsuspend the student Union Government (SUG) activities. ”
“whether the operation and/or the activities of the student union Government both at the faculty and departmental levels have been found to have contravenes the law establishing the Niger Delta University:that is, the Niger Delta University Law CAP. N3. 2000 7and /or any known law or regulation governing the student Union to warrant the suspension of the Unionvactivities by the management of the Niger Delta University. ”
“Whether by the combined reading of section 8(h) of the Niger Delta University Law CAP. N3. 2000 and regulation 8.0 and 8.2,8.2.1 and 8.3 of the Niger Delta University student handbook 2015,that is there regulation governing students activities inbthe Niger Delta University empowers the Vice Chancellor to suspend Students Union Government both at faculties and departments on the ground of unruly behaviors? ”
“whether the student Union Government activities was wrong and a breach of rule 8.3 to 8.5 when it’s demonstrated peacefully against the increase of school fees amount to as stipulated in rule 8.3 to 8.5 of the Niger Delta University student handbook 2015 thereby warranted the purported suspension of the student union activities in the Niger Delta University? ”
“If the issues above are resolved in favour of the applicant, whether the purported suspension of the union at the instance of the rights of the union to protect the interest of its students on the recent increase in school fees is null and void and should be set aside. ”
“whether the applicant is entitled to a declaration that the Student Union Government being the umbrella body charged with the responsibility of ensuring the welfare of students on campus in the Niger Delta University is entitled to continue it’s union activities forthwith. “