The Council of Legal Education (CLE) has approved 60 additional Nigerian Law School admission slots for the American University of Nigeria, Yola, CITY LAWYER  can authoritatively report. The leading private university is owned by Nigeria’s former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.

The decision was taken at the first quarterly meeting of the Council for year 2024. The meeting took place last Tuesday at the Council’s headquarters, Bwari, Abuja.

Sources at the meeting which was steered by the Council’s Chairman, Chief Emeka Ngige, SAN, told CITY LAWYER that the regulatory body expressed satisfaction with improvement in the quality of academic staff and facilities at the university.

It was also observed that unlike some universities that had come under the council’s hammer for violating their assigned admission quotas, the American University of Nigeria had continued to adhere to its allotted quota since inception.

The council therefore approved the recommendation of the Board of Studies chaired by the Director-General, Prof. Isa Hayatu Chiroma, SAN, to increase its admission quota by additional 60 slots to a total of 110 slots.

CITY LAWYER recalls that the Council had barred Baze University, a leading Abuja based private university owned by Labour Party vice presidential candidate, Dr. Datti Baba-Ahmed, from admitting students into its Law Programme for the next five years. The ban may be renewed by the Council if the infractions noted by its Visitation Panel are not remedied within the period.According to a statement made available to CITY LAWYER and signed by Ms. Aderonke Osho, Ag. Secretary & Director of Administration, the Council will take steps within the five-year moratorium period to deal with the backlog of over 347 Baze University Law graduates waiting to be admitted into the Nigerian Law School.

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