4 February 2013

Nigeria: Students Sue Own School Over Alleged Arrest, Detention

Some students of Redeemer Teap International School, Garki ll, Abuja, have dragged their school authority before an Abuja High Court over what they described as unlawful arrest, detention, and arbitral increment of school fees.

The students, Folajire David Sesan-Adeyemi and Folajire Daniel Sesan-Adeyemi, who sued alongside 10 others, are asking the court for N50 million as damages.

They asked the court to declare as illegal the decision of the school, Redeemer Teap International School and Mrs. Adekunbi Ogunnaike, the school Principal and Administrator, to increase school fees arbitrarily without recourse to the guidelines on the establishment of educational institutions in the country, which prohibits increment of school fees midway into a session.

The other ten students, who dragged the school before the court are, Oshioke Malik, Osigwe Malik, Emike Malik, Nwadiuto Akwani, Chukwudi Akwani, Olaedo Akwani, Dara Mojibayo, Chimaris Iwuala, Zola Iwuala and Rereoluwa Olawale.

In addition to the N50 million damages, they are also asking the court to order the school to make public apology within seven days after judgment is entered in the suit. The Adeyemis, according to the plaintiffs, were detained by the principal in her office till the closing hour without food and water in a personal vendetta against their father, Mr. Adeyemi.

The students are asking the court for the enforcement of the fundamental human right to education according to the United Nation's provisions, the Nigerian constitution, the Child Right Act and the African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights respectively.

No date has been fixed for the case.

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