Nigeria: Victimisation of Student – Court Awards N5 Million Damages Against Unijos Lecturer

Jos — A Federal High Court in Jos, Plateau State, presided by Justice M.H. Kurya has awarded N5million damages against a lecturer of the department of Economics, University of Jos, Mr. Thaddeus Longduut, for victimising a student undergoing a Master’s degree programme in Economics, Georgia Davou, causing her not to graduate from the programme.

The court, in the case of Georgia Mark Davou vs. University of Jos (1OR FHC/J/CS/38/2018), which was decided on June 23, 2021, ordered the University of Jos to also immediately pay the plaintiff N100,000 in damages, reinstate the student, change her supervisor and ensure that the final defence of her thesis is done within reasonable time.

Counsel to the plaintiff, Gloria Ballason, had in 2018 brought an application against the defendants for arbitrarily withdrawing the plaintiff from the Master’s programme on allegations of poor performance without complying with the school prospectus, without granting the plaintiff access to her results, and without fair hearing when she petitioned the school for access to her results.

The plaintiff also claimed that she was victimised by the second defendant, who was the plaintiff’s supervisor, and who had frustrated and stopped her from participating in her final defence.

The first (UniJos) and second defendants (the lecturer) led by N.V. Denden of N.V. Denden and Co, argued that the plaintiff had failed to meet the academic requirements of the school, and that the court could not meddle into the domestic affairs of the university by acceding to the plaintiff’s application for the answer scripts, raw scores and marking scheme to be tendered before the court.