THE parents of the six students of Madonna University, Okija, Anambra State, who were imprisoned for seven months have vowed never to apologise to the university authority and the proprietor of the institution, Professor Emmanuel Edeh, for taking the institution to court.
The parents, Thursday wondered why they should apologize to Edeh after he caused the incarceration of their children for over seven months and the process brought untold hardship on the children and their families.
Professor Emmanuel Edeh had at a meeting with the parents of the six students demanded individual apologies from the parents as a way of resolving the matter and for peace to reign.
One of the parents, Chief Christopher Onyejekwe wondered why the parents should tender apologies to the university’s proprietor after detaining and ruining the careers of their children.
His words, “We wont do that. Why should we apologize to him for detaining our children in prison for seven months and ruining their career? We have decided to carry on with the matter in court and there is no going back.”
The students were arrested and detained for allegedly criticizing on social media the manner in which the university was run.
When the students were granted bail in July this year, the presiding judge, Justice Babatunde Quadri of the Federal High Court, Awka, adjourned the matter to October 7, 2019 for further hearing.
According to Onyejekwe, during one of the meetings held recently with the school management, it was agreed that the court case instituted by the parents should be withdrawn in the interest of peace to all the parties in the suit.
He added, “sequel to the meeting we had with Very Rev. Fr. Ralph Madu, the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Madonna University, the Registrar and the Rector of the Saviourite House of Formation, Fr. Dr. Oliver Udaya, on September 24, 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 consideration the concerns of many Catholic Bishops, especially Most Rev. Paulinus Ezeokafor of Awka Diocese and Most Rev. Hilary Okeke of Nnewi Diocese and realized that giving peace a chance will be in the best interest of the image of the church and the image of Madonna University and decided to settle the matter at a round table.
“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.”
When contacted over the development, the institution’s deputy registrar, Dr. Charles Njoku said, “I can’t react. They have just sacked me from the university without any reason known to me. I am in my house now.” He said he is yet to ascertain whether his sack had anything to do with the matter of the six students.