Open Closed Schools In Southern Kaduna, Court Orders el-Rufai

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A High Court in Kafanchan on Wednesday ordered Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai to open tertiary schools that were closed by the state government in 2016.

The schools are the Kafanchan campus of the Kaduna State University (KASU); College of Education, Gidan Waya and the School of Nursing, all located in Kafanchan.

Ruling on the matter instituted by CEDRA against the Kaduna State Government, the High Court Judge, Hon. Justice Luka Abba, held among other things, that where a breach of Public Duty under chapter 2 of the Nigerian Constitution infringes on the right of citizens under chapter 4, such breach becomes justiciable.

Hence, the primary failure of the Government to provide security for its people, especially students in campuses of higher institutions of Learning in Kafanchan (which was the rationale behind their ridiculous closure for over eight months), which in turn translates to a breach of the fundamental right to freedom from discrimination of students in the said campuses of higher learning as provided in Section 42 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999(As Amended) and Article 17(1) of the African Charter on Human and Peoples Right which provides for The Right To Education has been upheld.

The judge, therefore, ordered the Kaduna State Government to reopen the campuses of the said schools forthwith.

The Judge applauded the legal combatants on all sides of the divide for their industry and witty legal thought on the matter. Counsel to the State was H. D. Bijimi, while counsels for CEDRA were led by the legal team of Southern Kaduna Lawyers Forum, headed by Barrister J. A. Kanyip, Esq.

He was assisted by Samson Bemu, Esq, Gloria Ballason Esq, with D. D. Tabakwot, Esq.

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