Parents Of Detained Madonna University Students Are Crying Out For Help

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The Parents of the six students of Madonna University, Okija, are calling out for help. The parents were detained since February over an opinion they posted on Facebook.

In the opinion, they complained about alleged inhuman treatment in the university and how it is affecting their children/wards.

They made the plea, yesterday, as hundreds of members of National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, blocked the gate of the Federal High Court, Awka.

One of the Facebook posts read:

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“Good lecturers are scarce. Madonna University administration should be nice to our lecturers, or a good number of them will resign.”

The detained students were brought to court yesterday, and although the court did not sit they were taken back to the Awka Prisons. The school charged for offences bordering on Cybercrimes.

Here’s what the parents had to say:

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Speaking with journalists yesterday, one parent of the detained students, Mr Christopher Onyejekwe, said he had gone 11 times to the Founder of the university, Rev Fr. Emmanuel Edeh, to beg him to free his son, but to no avail.

Fr. Ede arrested my son since February 19 till date and he has insisted that he will not release him until they die in prison. On one occasion, he told me to pray, which I did.

After a while, I went to him with three prominent persons, knelt before him begging, but he still refused. That was how I stopped going to beg him.

I am begging Governor  Willie Obiano of Anambra State and Bishop of Awka Diocese, Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor, to please come to my rescue.”

Mr Christopher Onyejekwe
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Another parent, Mrs Charity Nnamani, whose son they also arrested had this to say:

My son had a month to pass out from the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, in Asaba when the Police went to pick him on the allegation he is an armed robber, kidnapper and cultist.

That was what they wrote in the petition they took to Delta, which made authorities of the NYSC to release him to the Police who brought him to Onitsha and then to Okija.

The National Association Of Nigerian Students Also Got Involved Too

Also speaking at the court premises was the Vice President NANS, National Affairs, Mr Chidi Ilozobe, who led the protest.

He gave authorities of Madonna University one week to withdraw the case, after which they would mobilise students nationwide to shut down the institution. Ilozobe said:

We came to register our dissatisfaction on how the management of Madonna University is treating our members. In February, we got information that the Police, following a petition written by management of Madonna University, arrested some students of the institution. In the petition, they alleged that these students were criminals, cultists and fraudsters.

But we know that our members are not kidnappers, fraudsters or cultists. However, we investigated the matter, especially when they understood that they aimed the petition at getting the accused persons out of the NYSC camp.

We are not in a tyrannical or dictatorship rule and we are not practising totalitarian systems, where the masses have no voice. Students are intellectuals and may voice out whenever they feel that things are not going well, most especially on our campuses. We are issuing a seven-day ultimatum to the management of Madonna University, that if this case is not withdrawn within seven days from the Federal High Court, we are assuring them we will mobilise students from all over the country.


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