Nigerian Students Sue Alabama State University Over Missing Refunds and Discrimination
Nigerian students are pissed off at Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Alabama State University (ASU) over funding claims and discrimination. Over 40 students claim they were treated like animals and more than $800,000 in refunds are missing that should have went to them.
Via Daily Mail
More than 40 Nigerian students are suing Alabama State University for allegedly incorrectly using millions of dollars in scholarship funds provided by their country’s government and discriminating against them.
Godsgift Moses, Promise Owei, Savior Samuel, Success Jumbo, Thankgod Harold, and 36 other students filed their claim in federal court, alleging the school took advantage of them because they were ‘black foreigners’, according to the Daily Beast.
The group of exchange students say the school purposefully overcharged them by making them pay more for meals and books, while also signing them up for classes they never took.
Alabama State University, one of America’s 100 historic black colleges and universities, took on the students after the Nigerian government forked over millions of dollars upfront in 2013 to fund the exchange program.
Wow. The students claim they weren’t allowed to seek cheaper housing options, called names and were taken advantage of.
Jimmy Iwezu, a former student at ASU, says it was clear ‘they wanted our money’, according to reports.
‘They called us cash cows,’ Iwezu told the Daily Beast. ‘The school compelled us to buy books from the book store and eat only at the cafeteria.
‘I tried to make them understand, “Hey, we don’t want to live in the dorms anymore, and we don’t want to eat our entire meals at the dorms.”
‘They make us pay $3,000 [a semester] to live in the dorms, and that is more than a mortgage on homes in this area.
‘I’m a black man and I’m proud to be black, but I felt discriminated against… enough is enough.’
Another former student, Kehinde Batife, said he was furious the school tried to take advantage of him and others.
‘I’ve been here three years and I’m a super intelligent person… I’m not nosy, but I ask questions, and this school thought we don’t know anything and they could do whatever they want to us,’ he told the Daily Beast.
‘They tell me, “You’re a resident of the scholarship.” So they think they can do whatever they want with the money [Nigeria] gives them… I’m not going to let them treat us like animals.’
ASU declined to comment at this time.
Read more: DailyMail
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