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Parents of detained Madonna varsity six refuse to apologise


The parents of the six detained Madonna University students in Anambra State have vowed not to apologise to the institution over their children’s alleged behaviour.
The six students from the Okija- based University in Anambra State were detained by the Police on the orders of the school management for seven months before they were granted bail by the Federal High Court in Awka.
Their arrest and detention by the Police was as a result of an alleged criticism of the school on social media by the students as reported by the management
Speaking with reporters in Awka, one of the parents, Chief Christopher Onyejekwe, said there was an agreement to withdraw the case from the Court by the parties in one of their meetings recently in the interest of peace.
According to Onyejekwe: ” Sequel to the meeting we had with Very Rev. Fr. Dr. Ralph Madu, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Madonna University, the Registrar of Madonna University and The Rector of the Saviourite House of Formation,Fr. Dr. Oliver Udaya, on 24th day of September 2019 at Assumpta Cathedral Owerri, we; the accused persons of a case before the Federal High Court Awka with suit No:FHC/FHC/C/03/2019 decided to give peace a chance.
“We also took into good view the concerns of many Catholic Bishops especially Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor of Awka Diocese and Most Rev. Hilary Okeke of Nnewi Diocese.
“We realized that giving peace a chance will be in the best interest of the image of the church, the image of Madonna and decided to settle the matter on a round table.
“The condition for settling the matter out of court was for the university to release the seized results of the affected students and mobilising them for the National Youth Service Corps.
“We were optimistic that the voice of reason would prevail but when the resolution of our meeting was presented to the founder of the university, Rev Father Edeh, he asked us to tender individual apologies to the university.”
He wondered why they should apologise for the detention of their children.
“Why should we tender apologies to him for detaining our children in prison for seven months and ruining their careers?
“We won’t do that. We’ve decided to carry on with the matter in court, no going back,” Onyejekwe maintained
When contacted on the telephone for a reaction, the deputy registrar of the university, Charles Njoku said:” I can’t react”
“They have just sacked me from the university without any reason given to me. I’m in my house.”
However, he said he wouldn’t know if his sack was connected to the detained students’ case or not.
After they were granted bail in July, 2019 by Justice Babatunde Quadri of the Federal High Court 2, Awka, the matter was adjourned to October 7,2019 for further hearing.

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