MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Federal Republic of Nigeria has filed a motion to join a suit filed by more than two dozen former and current students of Alabama State University.
The initial federal complaint filed claims Alabama State University absorbed finances allocated to the students by the Nigerian government. The Nigerian government filed a motion Monday to be included in the complaint.
According to the complaint, instead of refunding the students the funds they didn't use, the university allegedly kept the access money.
"We're talking about millions of dollars that went from the Nigerian government to Alabama State over a several year period," Attorney Julian McPhillips said.
Former student Success Jumbo explained the hardship he experienced when attempting to get the money he needed to buy books and other supplies for school.
"This is supposed to money that has been made available for us," Jumbo said. "It's not like we are asking him to pay us or give us monies from his personal pocket. This was monies already made available for us when we need them,"
The suit is asking the court to order ASU to pay back the students what they are owed.
ASU has responded to the complaint, through its general counsel, Kenneth L. Thomas: