REVOLUTION: WHY WE CAN’T TRUST PUBLIC COMPLAINTS COMMISSION, SAYS KAYODE BELLO

Chille Igbawua, PCC's Chief Commissioner

Chille W. Igbawua, PCC’s Chief Commissioner.

In exercise of my freedom of expression and of the Press as guaranteed by the Nigerian Constitution, the following sum up my harrowing experience with the Public Complaints Commission both in Ibadan, the Agodi branch and at the Headquarters of the Public Complaints Commission in Abuja, Nigeria, from 2013 to 2019.

And I advise the complainants and the general public to be VERY careful while dealing with them.

1. In April 2013, I approached the Ibadan, Oyo State branch of the Public Complaints Commission to complain against the fact that the Nigerian Law School did not give any reason for not admitting me at the Nigerian Law School since January, 2013, the school had concluded its admission.
2. In the said admission on the website of the Nigerian Law School, the school left blank column it should have my admission status.
3. For about four months, the School did not communicate me on my admission status, whether I would be admitted or not. It was when I approached the Public Complaints Commission in Ibadan the School managed to communicate me via the Commission in Ibadan but the Commission did not ask the School why it did not communicate me. The School told the Commission that due to report by Prof. Oluyemisi Bamgbose, the former Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan, that she made adverse report against me that that was why my admission has been referred to the Council of Legal Education for decision. The Council’s decision took another four years from 2012 to 2016 before I could be admitted to the Law School. Notable that time was the case of a female Christian law student, Seun Adegunsoye that went to the Mosque in the University of Ibadan when Prof. Bamgbose was the Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan, to pray but was almost lynched by the Muslims in the mosque then. She was later suspended by the University of Ibadan for two semesters during Prof. Bamiro Olufemi’s reign as the Vice Chancellor, University of Ibadan. Prof. Bamgbose did not apparently make any report about her to the Nigerian Law School. At the same time, I complained to Tahir Mamman, the then Director General of the Nigerian Law School about two students from the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan in 2012, who were admitted to the Nigerian Law School without complete result during Prof. Bamgbose’s regime as the Dean. There was no reply to my letter but I was denied admission to the Nigerian Law School for four years and the Public Complaints Commission in Ibadan and Abuja did absolutely nothing.
4. The Public Complaints Commission in Ibadan did not ask for the adverse report against me.
5. In its correspondence to me after the Commission received the response of the School, the Commission urged me to await the decision of the School even if it would take the next 10 years as at 2013.
6. The Commission simply received my petition, wrote the School asked me to pay for the stamp to post it or mail it myself to the School.
7. Between April 2013 and June 2016 that is for three years, the Public Complaints Commission in Ibadan did not communicate me as to its findings and further communications to the Nigerian Law School.
8. I recall one day before I travelled out of Nigeria to the Philippines where I further discovered that we are in a sorry state in Nigeria, the Public Complaints Commission called me that I had a letter. I quickly rushed to the Commmission’s office in Ibadan only for the Commission’s officials to hand me a letter purportedly stating that I had a disciplinary case to answer in the University of Ibadan. I felt embittered but I vehemently told the Commission’s officials that I was a graduate of the University of Ibadan , that I could not have any case to answer. I later showed the Commission my statement of result that I am a graduate of the University of Ibadan, then the Commission stopped disturbing me about any disciplinary case in the University of Ibadan as a graduate.
9. I travelled to the Philippines in 2014. And till 2015 that I returned to Nigeria ( with the hope President Muhammadu Buhari would ensure good governance in Nigeria)the Public Complaints Commission never communicated me, but upon getting to the Commission, they just told me that the Nigerian Law School stated I should reapply for admission in 2016. What happened to the evidence I gave the Commission that I was admitted in 2012 by same Law School? Same 2015, I challenged the decision of the Commission but all efforts were truncated by the Nigerian government agencies and fellow Nigerian at those agencies meant to protect the citizenry against injustice and abuse of office.
10. I went back to the Philippines reluctantly. By 2016, after I have enrolled for studies in Master’s in Public Administration in the Philippies, a friend messaged me that the Faculty of Law, University of Ibadan asked for my details for Law School admission but I again asked them not to apply for any admission for me that I insisted on the 2012 admission by the Nigerian Law School.
11. Lest I forget, I petitioned the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in 2015 before returning to the Philippines, in Abuja, after the Public Complaints Commission’s decision but the NHRC stated I should comply with the Public Complaints Commission’s decision.
12. The Law School’s reason for my delayed admission was because I was involved in the protest over hike in school fees in 2008 that led to the University of Ibadan suspending me for one semester. This aspect of the suspension is being challenged in the court but one Seun Adegunsoye who went to mosque to preach was never delayed from going to the Nigerian Law School at the same time as me. I complained of discrimination against me then but the Public Complaints Commission in Ibadan and Abuja looked the other way, ignored my complaint with evidence I attached thereto.
13. In 2016, I came back to Nigeria and I was admitted to the Nigerian Law School after a mentor prevailed upon me to reapply. Most of the Law School admission processes were done by my representatives.
14. On March 15, 2017, a female student named Akam Chidinma ( whose picture I would upload later) reserved a seat for another due to overcrowding, poor , spoilt facilities at the Nigerian Law School. I sat on the seat but the student wanted me not to seat in the chair. Also, victimization and suppression of students and their views were the order of the day at the Nigerian Law School campuses including Abuja where I was. My toilet was constantly oozing with bad smell. I lodged complaints to the Law School authorities but nothing was done.
15. Still on the seat reservation issue, the said student called the attention of the security personnel when I refused to stand up and she further restrained me from standing up from the seat.
16. The seat reservation led to myself being queried, while the other student was not. It led to me being harrased and ejected out of the hostel by the Nigerian Law School’s authorities represented by Mr. Samuel Osamolu and Mr. Olanrewaju Onadeko, being the Director General of the School then.
17. The seat reservation led to my eventual physical expulsion by the Nigerian Law School on July 17, 2017.
18. Before I was queried by one Mr. Julius Akinyemi of the Nigerian Law School, I petitioned the Secretary, Council of Legal Education, Mrs Elizabeth Max Uba but she never replied me till today.
17. Due to the foregoing, on March 24th, 2017, the Public Complaints Commission received my petition against the Nigerian Law School viz:
a. The Public Complaints Commission should investigate the rationale behind failure of the Nigerian Law School, and Mrs. Elizabeth Max Uba in particular to reply my petition sent to the Nigerian Law School email, concerning public conduct and public space.
b. The Public Complaints Commission should investigate the conduct of one Mr. Akinyemi of the Control Room, Nigerian Law School, Bwari, Abuja, who on March 15, 2017, prevented me from sitting in a chair, vowed to deal with me ( signed a query directed to me by himself), seized my registration slip of the Nigerian Law School, denied me fair hearing , took side in an issue involving myself and a student, thus amounting to abuse of office.
3. The Public Complaints Commission should investigate the issue of crowded space for students at the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, especially during lectures. Such students including me paid over N300,000 (three hundred thousand naira ) as application fee and tuition fee among others as we experience heat during lectures caused by the Nigerian Law School and Council of Legal Education officials in Abuja thereby making learning difficult and herculean, as an asthmatic patient collapsed during lecture at a time at the Abuja Law School Campus.
d. The Public Complaints Commission should investigate the issue of spoilt facilities at the hostels, and premises of the Nigerian Law School, Abuja, left unrepaired, after complaints lodged at the Nigerian Law School.
20. After I obtained an order of the Court to write my bar final examination at the Nigerian Law School since 2017, the Nigerian Law School has not obeyed the order of the court under the control of Mr. Issa Ayyattou Ciroma as the Director General of the Nigerian Law School.
21. I still submitted another petition to the Public Complaints Commission on June 27th, 2019 in relation to the Commission’s Act, Section 5(3)(e) that the Commission’s Commissioner would be competent to investigate the administrative procedure of any court of law in Nigeria, but till date I have not heard or received from the Commission, under the control of Barrister Chille W. Igbawua.
22. But no communication was made to me by the Commission up till this moment.
23. I am more than convinced that the so-called Public Complaints Commission is an appendage and tool of the government and its agents. It is therefore instructive and advisable not to rely on the Commission for justice, fairness or and equity based on the foregoing.
24. And it is a great disservice to humanity that the Human Rights Radio, being controlled by Ahmed Musa in Abuja, keeps or will be praising the Commission without doing further investigations on the Commission’s modes of operation .

Thank you.

Kayode Bello, 08115480501.
Copied: Human Rights Radio, Abuja, others.

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