The Law Students Association of Nigeria (LAWSAN) has secured the release of a University of Benin student who was arrested over alleged murder and rape of Vera Uwaila

This is contained in a statement made available to TheNigeriaLawyer (TNL) signed by Munir Shuaibu Ishaq, the National Director of LAWSAN Directorate of Students’ Rights.

Munir said the conditional release was sequel to the petition written by the LAWSAN president, Emmanuel Nwobodo, to the Federal House of Representatives.

Read the full statement below:

“Press Release on the Release of Theodore Sunday.

“The Law Students Association of Nigeria, Directorate of Students’ Rights, in collaboration with the Students’ Union Government, University of Benin recently secured the release of Theodore Sunday, a 300 level English and Literature student of the University of Benin. The LAWSAN president, Sen Emmanuel E Nwobodo filed a petition to the House of Representatives, through the Chairman of the House Committe on FCT Judiciary, Hon. Ifeanyi Chudi Momah which led to the release of Theodore on conditional bail. Mr Theodore was wrongly arrested since two months ago in a case of mistaken identity over an implicative comment made by one Livinus Elem on facebook, in respect of the gruesome murder and rape case of Vera Uwaila, also a student of University of Benin.

“The Law Students Association of Nigeria wishes to thank the Students Union Government (SUG) of the University of Benin, under the leadership of Comrade Egwu Benjamin Lotana for their role in combatting this injustice, and also encourages other Students Union Governments across the country to always collaborate with LAWSAN in cases of students’ rights violations. For injustice anywhere is injustice everwhere.

“The Law Students Association of Nigeria is strongly committed to securing the unconditional and complete release of Mr Theodore Sunday. A man cannot be made to suffer for a crime he did not commit, at least not in a society that professes the application of rule of law.”

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