By Jonathan Ugbal
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A High Court of Cross River, presided over by Justice Bassey Ebuta failed to hear the case instituted by journalist cum rights activist, Citizen Agba Jalingo against the State Government for the continuous collection of levies and fees from pupils and students in public Primary and Junior Secondary Schools.
Citizen Jalingo in suit number HC/91/2022 is asking the Court to give a community interpretation of Sections 1, 3 sub 1, 10, and 14 of the Cross River State Universal Basic Education Law, 2006 which provides for compulsory and free basic education.
Filed on March 21, 2022, the case was slated for pretrial on Monday. However, supporters and legal practitioners were informed by the Clerks that the Court will not sit, hence the need to adjourn matters.
After a brief meeting between the Counsels and Clerks, the matter was adjourned to May 30, 2022.
The Governor of Cross River State, the Government of Cross River State, the Attorney-General, the Ministry of Quality Education, the Commissioner of Quality Education, the State Universal Basic Education Board (SUBEB), and the SUBEB Chairman are listed as first to seventh defendants respectively.
The claimant’s Counsel, Baba Isa Esq. told CrossRiverWatch that he was yet to be served any process by the defense Counsel even as he expressed confidence that the matter will be decided in the claimant’s favor.
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