MORE than 500 prospective Nigerian law students who are supposed to begin the 2013/2014 law school programme towards the end of this month may boycott the scheme.
Their reason for the likely boycott is that they were posted to Adamawa and Kano states, two of the three northern states where the Federal Government has declared state of emergency due to the killings of innocent residents by the Boko Haram sect, against their choices.
The affected students accused the authorities of insensitivity to the security of their lives, saying learning in the campuses in both states under emergency rule ought to have been suspended, given the high level of insecurity.
According to some of the students who spoke to our reporter on condition of anonymity, the law school authorities posted them to Yola and Kano campuses without minding the security implications involved.
They expressed serious fear over the rampant insecurity in the affected states and called on the Ministries of Education and Justice, as well as the Presidency to prevail on the law school authorities to repost them to secure areas before it becomes too late.
Most of the law students affected by the posting had chosen four law school campuses, according to their preferences as provided in the admission form they filled to indicate their intention to participate in the 2013/2014 programme.
When the admission list was released through the internet last Sunday, however, it became clear that the authorities of the law school did not consider the voluntary choices of the students before posting them to those “dangerous” areas.
Traditionally, prospective law school students are entitled to four campuses of their choice in order of preference and these are often filled in the application form long before postings are done.
It was gathered that strangely, however, most of those posted to areas where there is state of emergency this year did not choose any of these places and none of their preferred areas was considered in the posting exercise.
Unless an urgent action is taken by the government to rectify the postings, most of the affected students may not attend law school this year, a situation that is capable of aggravating the already tensed education condition in the country.
Meanwhile, the enrolment for law school this year has been observed to be lower than those of previous years due to the ongoing industrial action by universities teachers, which prevented most final year law students from graduating and meeting the schedule of law school this year.
The Nigerian Law School, which was established by the Federal Government in 1962 was situated in the former federal capital, Lagos, until 1996 when the late General Sani Abacha regime moved the school to Abuja. Subsequently, the school was decentralized, thereby paving way for six campuses with one located in each of the six geopolitical zones of the country. The campuses are located in Kano, North-west; Yola, North-east; Abuja, North-Central and Lagos, South-west. Others are Enugu, South-east and Yenagoa, South-south.