Five graduating students of the Nigerian Law School have made First Class, while 632 of the students failed the Bar Final Examinations, the Director-General of the school, Prof. Isa Chiroma (SAN), has said.
Chiroma said in a statement on Sunday that the Council of Legal Education had a virtual meeting for the consideration and approval of the release of the results of the final examinations conducted in January this year.
He said the five First Class students, placed under the category of ‘outstanding performance,’ constituted 0.2 per cent of the 2,515 students who sat the examinations.
He said the 632 who failed were 25.12 per cent of the grand total of students.
A breakdown of the results released by Chiroma read, “Outstanding performance: Candidates graded in First Class: 5 (0.2%).
“Candidates graded in Second Class Upper: 77 (3.06%).
“Candidates graded in Second Class Lower Upper: 633 (25.17%)
“Candidates in Pass: 1,067 (42.42%)
“Candidate with Conditional Pass: 82 (3.26%)
“Candidates who failed: 632 (25.12%)
“Absent: 17 (0.7%)
“Withheld: 2 (0.08%)”
The statement added, “Screening and call to bar dates would be communicated to you in due course.”
Reps move against illegal ‘baby factories’ in FCT
Leke Baiyewu, Abuja
The House of Representatives is making a move to stop operations of illegal charity homes and orphanages, also referred to as ‘baby factories,’ in the Federal Capital Territory.
The lawmakers are considering establishing a regulatory body to oversee the activities of charity homes and orphanages in the FCT.
The proposal is being made in the Federal Capital Territory Orphanage (Registration and Regulatory) Agency Bill 2020, which is sponsored by Babatunde Adejare. The bill is awaiting the second reading.
According to Adejare, the bill seeks to establish a Federal Capital Territory Orphanage (Registration and Regulatory) Agency to “regulate the establishment and administration of orphanages and homes for neglected children to prevent the current trend towards ‘baby factories’ and other related institutions in the Federal Capital Territory.”
The bill, a copy of which our correspondent obtained on Sunday, proposed various sanctions for both the illegal organisations and their operators.
It partly reads, “Any person or organisation that contravenes the provisions of this bill commits an offence under this bill.
“Where an offence under this bill is committed by an individual, the person shall be liable on conviction to a term of imprisonment not exceeding five years or a fine not exceeding N5m, or both. Where an offence under this bill is committed by an organisation, the organisation shall be liable to a fine not exceeding of N10m.”
The bill says the proposed FCT agency “shall formulate policies, principles and guidelines for the registration and regulation of orphanages and other related institutions, consistent with national development priorities.”