Judge grants bail to six Madonna students detained for offensive Facebook comments

By David Olalekan.

The presiding judge at the Federal High Court 2 in Anambra State, Justice Babatunde Quadri, has granted bail to the six students of Madonna University, Okija, Anambra State, who were arrested and detained since February 11th by the management of the institution for allegedly posting offensive comments on Facebook about the school.

Justice Quadri, who gave the ruling today, ordered their immediate release, alongside one of their lecturers, Tony Ezeimo.

According to reports, the young men who are renowned for their vocal activism against the school’s “inhuman”, internal activities were picked up by the police between November 2018 and February 2019, after Madonna University petitioned the Inspector General of Police (IGP), alleging that they were cultists involved in the kidnapping of the university’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Chuks Ezedum.

However, in court, they were charged with offences relating to Cyber Crime and malicious writing.

“Good lecturers are scarce. Madonna University administration should be nice to our lecturers, or a good number of them will resign,” one of the students, Chijioke Nnamani wrote on Facebook on January 11, a few weeks before he was arrested.

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