Nine aggrieved applicants for admission into various departments of University of Lagos, Akoka (UNILAG) have dragged the institution and the Registrar of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Prof. Dibu Ojerinde to court.
The applicants are before the Federal High Court in Lagos to challenge the plan by UNILAG and JAMB to stop them from writing entrance examination into the University of Lagos for this year’s admission because they did not meet the cut-off score of 250.
They are asking the court for an order prohibiting the removal of their names from the list of candidates eligible to sit for the 2015 UNILAG’s post-UTME test scheduled for August 12 and 13.
The students are also praying the court to grant them leave to apply for an order of mandamus to compel UNILAG and its VC to sell the post-UTME forms to them so they could sit for the exams.
The nine students, with their Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examinations scores, are: Kofoworola Olukanmi, 235; Mojisola Sholola, 247; Mojisola Ajetunmobi, 239; Ayomide Olajide, 228; Joseph Omotosho, 247.
Others are: Olabimpe Oladipupo, 228; Chijioke Nwachukwu, 233; Saviour Echedom, 235 and Adebola Ekungomi, 223.
The students in a 22-paragraph affidavit of urgency filed in support of the ex parte application on their behalf by their counsel, Dr. Kayode Idowu, claimed that they bought the UTME forms and sat for the exams on March 14 on the published condition that if they scored 180 and above, they would be eligible to sit for UNILAG’s post-UTME.
They, however, alleged that few days to the commencement of the sale of post-UTME forms for UNILAG, their names were removed from the list of eligible candidates by JAMB and its Registrar, Ojerinde.
The plaintiffs also alleged that following the decision of JAMB to remove their names from the list, UNILAG had refused to sell post-UTME forms to them, a situation, which, they claimed, would deprive them the right to compete for admission in the university of their choice.