WHO SAYS TRUTH WONT PREVAIL AT THE END? by Tosin Alonge
The Supreme Court last Friday ordered the release of the academic record and degree of a former student activist, Olarenwaju Akinola, fifteen years after completing his study at the University of Ilorin. In a unanimous judgement, delivered by Justice Peter-Odili,the court dismissed the appeal filed by the University of Ilorin against the judgement of Court of Appeal, Ilorin, delivered on June 8, 2007 in the case involving Akinola and the University.
The Court of Appeal, Ilorin had earlier upheld the judgement of the Federal High Court, Ilorin, delivered on June 21, 2006, which declared illegal and unconstitutional, the withholding of Akinola’s academic record and degree.
In its judgement delivered by Late Justice Chukwura Nnamani, eight years ago, the Federal High Court declared that Olanrewaju Akinola’s academic record and degree should be released forthwith. It also awarded the sum of Seven Million Naira (N7,000,000) as exemplary damages.
The Supreme Court, had on June 6, this year unanimously dismissed in its entirety, the appeal filed by UNILORIN against a related case involving another former student activist of the University, Rasheedat Adesina, who like Akinola, had earlier won her case both at the Federal High Court, Ilorin, and Court of Appeal, Ilorin.
The Federal High Court in the judgement delivered on June 21, 2006 by Late Justice Chukwura Nnamani had ordered that her academic records and degree should be released. The court also awarded the sum of Five Million Naira (N5,000,000) as exemplary damages.
Akinola and Rasheedat Adesina had completed their courses of study since 1999 and 2001respectively but the University withheld their academic records and degrees over their alleged involvement in the students unionism.