An Appeal Court string in Jos, Plateau State has ordered the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) Bauchi, to reinstate a 300-level student, Victor Alom Oboh who was wrongfully expelled from school for alleged examination malpractice seven years ago.
The court which ruled in favour victor, also ordered ATBU to pay N1.1million damage to Oboh for illegally expelling him over accusation of examination malpractice.
A three-man panel led by Justice Tani Yusuf Hassan in the ruling upheld the ruling of an earlier ruling by a High Court.
The court held that “the appeal failed and it is dismissed. That the judgement passed by Justice Shittu Abubakar is hereby affirmed.”
He ordered that ATBU pay Oboh the sum of N100,000 in addition to the 1m naira awarded to him by the High Court.
Hailing the judgement, Victor Oboh said he fought to clear his name and uphold his dignity. “Just within 3 minutes after the commencement of an examination, an invigilator accused me of malpractice and asked me to fill form which I declined, then I was expelled,” he said.
He stated that he would return to school to further his studies with immediate effect.
The plaintiff, Victor Alom Oboh, in 2013, had filed a suit challenging his expulsion from the university at the Federal High Court in Bauchi.
Oboh was awarded general damages of N1,000,000, to be paid by ATBU after the presiding Judge, Justice Shittu Abubakar, on May 17, 2018, ruled that the expulsion of the plaintiff “is hereby null and void”, while ordering that the student be reinstated and allowed to continue his study with immediate effect.
Not satisfied, ATBU challenged the ruling of the Federal High Court and approached Appeal Court, Jos Division on June 1, 2018, where the school also lost.