A Federal High Court sitting in Awka, Anambra State, has freed six students of the Madonna University, Okija, and a Deputy Director of Students’ Affairs of the institution.
Justice Babatunde Quadri, on Thursday struck out the matter after the prosecuting counsel, Mr Arthur Obi-Okafor, said he had the approval of the Attorney General of the Federation to withdraw the charges against the students and the director.
Okafor said with the withdrawal of the case, a formal application would be made for the release of all items belonging to the students, which were seized during police investigation.
The seven defendants were arraigned for allegedly committing offences capable of portraying Madonna University in bad light.
Tony Ezimo, the former Deputy Director of students’ affairs, who spoke for the students, said they had terrible experiences in the course of the trial.
Ezimo, who studied at the university and was called back to work in the institution, said, “Since this problem began in February last year, my impression has changed about a whole lot of things.
“It was not a nice experience being arrested and detained for something you know nothing about and being framed by those you trusted and worked hard to promote. But things happen for various reasons and I am glad that it has widened our knowledge on issues about life.
“With the striking out of the matter, I believe that justice has been done. We spent six months in detention for no justifiable reason and just striking out the case may not be the real justice, but having found ourselves in a situation like this, we have to accept it and we are grateful to the judge for granting the request of the Attorney General of the Federation to withdraw the matter from court to free us.
“All of us are young people and we can now find things to do with our lives.”