Baze University Abuja Was Banned for 5 Years From Admitting law Students

Baze University and its Founder

A five-year moratorium on law admissions was imposed at Baze University Abuja by the Council of Legal Education for consistently violating approved quotas.

On Friday, a statement from the Nigerian Law School revealed the university was found guilty of carrying more than 347 backlogged law graduates awaiting admission.

The accused Baze University in Abuja was founded by Yusuf Datti Ahmed, a presidential running mate of Labour Party.

As stated by the council, the university exceeded its 50 students per session by admitting over 750 law students from 2017 to date, and it exhausted an allotment that should have taken 15 years to fill.

The statement further added that the university also runs a sharp-sharp three-year law degree for some candidates instead of the nationally accredited 5-year benchmark curriculum.

As a result, CLE has initially barred the university from law admissions for five years, claiming that this time will allow for the resolution of the backlog and compliance concerns.

The council stated that before contemplating lowering the sanction, follow-up visits would verify that remedies have been put into place.

It alerted admissions authorities, such as JAMB, to temporarily direct potential students away from the university.

There has been criticism of the blanket moratorium despite the presence of gullible or naive parents and students.

Officials, however, insist that regulatory control be maintained and pledge to take action regarding the students' situation.

Ms Aderonke Osho, acting Secretary of Administration of the Nigerian Law School, who made this known, said, “At its Quarterly Meeting held on November 23, 2023, the Council of Legal Education (CLE) presided over by its Chairman, Chief Emeka Ngige, SAN, OFR considered the report of the Accreditation panel to the Faculty of Law, Baze University, Abuja.

“It emerged from the findings by the Panel led by the Director-General, Nigerian Law School, Prof Isa Hayatu Chiroma, SAN, that: Baze University consistently and most flagrantly had contravened its admission quota of 50 students per session as approved by the Council of Legal Education with the result that the Faculty is currently having a backlog of over 347 law students waiting to be admitted into the Nigerian Law School.

“Since 2017 the Council of Legal Education had  grappled with the excesses of Baze University by admitting over 750 law students which ordinarily would have taken about 15 years of admission based on the quota allotted to the University.

“Baze University runs a three (3)-year LL.B programme for some UTME candidates without the approval of National Universities Commission (NUC),  Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB and Council of Legal Education.”

The statement also said, “Under the NUC Minimum Benchmark Academic Standard (BMAS) for law degree programme in Nigerian Universities, Law is a five (5)-year programme for UTME candidates and four (4)-year for Direct Entry students.

“The Council of Legal Education after thorough consideration of these infractions resolved as follows: The imposition of a moratorium on admission of law students to the Faculty of Law, Baze University, Abuja,  with immediate effect;

“The moratorium will last in the first instance for a period of 5 years and may be renewed if no satisfactory action is taken to remedy the situation.

“The Council in the interest of the innocent students, parents and guardians will use the 5 year period to find ways to deal with the backlog of law students admitted by Baze University in excess of its admission quota.

“Follow-up visits will be paid to the university to ascertain the extent of the measures it has taken to remedy the anomalies observed during the accreditation visit.

“The National Universities Commission (NUC), Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB), Parents, guardians, prospective applicants, and members of the public are hereby put on notice on the status of Baze University Abuja and its faculty of law.”

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