By Adedimeji Quayyim Abdul-Hafeez
The Senate Council of the Students’ Union Council, University of Ilorin, has been sued for breach of provisions of the Students’ Union Constitution in the nomination and appointment of the Bailiff of the Judicial Council, which serves as the judicial arm of the Union of students on campus.
Senator Khadijat Motunrayo Balogun instituted the case against the Senate Council on Monday, 13th of January, 2020 against one Muhammed Ridwan Bolaji, who is newly ratified justice of the Union; the Bailiff, the Senate Council and the Judicial Council of the Students Union. The case was presided over by the Chief Justice of the Students Union, Honourable Justice Azeez Mujeeb Opeyemi.
The case, which was premised on the fact the bailiff was not nominated by any Senator from the Faculty of Arts where he is a student admitted enshrined in Se, was led by the Counsel to the Claimant, Mr. Abdul-Basit Adetoyebi Mustapha (Senior Advocate of the Union). Mr. Muhammed Ridwan Bolaji was represented by Mr. Akintola Abdul-Jalaal while the trio of the bailiff, the Senate Council and Judicial Council were ably represented by Mr. Isiaka Azeez, Mr. Tajudeeen Habeebulah (Senior Advocate of the Union) and Mr. Omopupa Muhammed Awwal (President of the Bar) respectfully.
The case was heared on Wednesday, 15th of January, 2020 at the Arts Lecture Theatre on campus. Different argument on the case were proffered by counsels to all the parties on the locus standi (legal right) for the claimant to institute the case before the court. The Court, however, adjourned its sitting to Wednesday, 22nd of January, 2020 for the delivery of its ruling on the matter.
Controversies had surrounded the legislature and executive arms of the Faculty of Arts regarding incessant breaches of law in the Faculty jurisdiction ever since last session. In the second semester of last session, a similar case was also instituted by the suspended President of the Department of English Students’ Association, NASELS, on his suspension which was premised, according to the legislative house of the Department, on gross misconduct and misappropriation of funds by the President.