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Madonna University embattled 7 regain freedom

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Their charges were dropped following the intervention of the Attorney General of Federation and the presiding judge, Justice Babatunde Quadri did not hesitate in striking out the matter.

The prosecuting counsel, Mr Arthur Obi -Okafor, SAN, announced to the delight of those in court that he had the approval of the AGF to withdraw the charges.

The ordeal of the students began sometime in 2018 when they were picked up in various parts of the country and brought to the Onitsha Correctional Center.

In fact, it was in Onitsha that they were informed that their arrest and detention had to do with their chat in a WhatsApp group they belonged to.

South East Voice gathered that in the course of contributing in the forum, they discussed the issue of frequent resignation of lecturers in Madonna University and advised the management to try as much as possible to do everything humanly possible to retain lecturers in the university because quality teachers were difficult to come by.

The management of the university did not take kindly to the comment and so, began to trace the location of the students at that time.

There was uproar in court when the charges were read as they were accused of treasonable felony and armed robbery. The case was between the Inspector General of Police, IGP, and the seven defendants whose offences were said to be capable of portraying Madonna University in a bad light. Even after they were granted bail, it took several months for them to meet the bail conditions.

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