A High Court has ordered the Abia State University to restore the first degree it withdrew from former governor of the state, Orji Uzor Kalu.
Kalu had sued the university after it cancelled and withdrew the degree it awarded him in 2013 on the ground that the ex-governor did not complete the mandatory three academic years of study for undergraduate that gained admission into the institution through direct entry.
Justice Agwu Umah of an Abia High Court, on Wednesday, directed the university to immediately restore Kalu’s degree certificate.
Justice Umah held that the claimant’s suit was meritorious and he granted all the reliefs he sought.
The judge nullified the university’s senate ad-hoc investigation panel report on allegations of fraud and breach of regulations concerning Kalu’s admission and graduation.
According to the judge, the university’s March 1, 2013 decision to cancel and withdraw Kalu’s degree without affording him an opportunity to defend “the grave allegations against him” amounted to a breach of the claimant’s right to a fair hearing guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution.
He also awarded a pay cost of the suit to the tune of N100, 000 to the claimant.