High Court Orders Release Of 114 Detained Pro-Biafra Women In Imo

High Court Orders Release Of 114 Detained Pro-Biafra Women In Imo

By News Agency of Nigeria on August 25, 2018
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Fani-Kayode rising sun A Biafra supporter cries during a rally in support of Nnamdi Kanu
A Biafra supporter cries during a rally in support of Nnamdi Kanu in Abuja, December 1, 2015. Dutch lawyers have filed a case against Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari for alleged crimes against humanity against pro-Biafran activists. | Afolabi Sotunde/Reuters

A high court in Owerri on Friday, August 24, 2018, released unconditionally, the 114 women suspected to be members of the outlawed Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB.

The women were remanded by a magistrate’s court in Owerri on Monday, August 20, 2018 and Thursday, August 23, 2018 respectively, after they were arrested and arraigned by the Police for demanding to know the whereabouts of missing IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kalu.

The bail application filed by the lead counsel to the women, Ejiofor Uche, was not opposed, as the Police had no representation in court.

Some of the 144 detained pro-Biafra women in Owerri, Imo State
Some of the 144 detained pro-Biafra women in Owerri, Imo State

The court had granted the bail application, and freed the women unconditionally.

Their release sparked off wild jubilation on the court premises and within Owerri, the state capital.

Theaddus Okay, the police prosecutor, told The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, that the Police had no representation because the matter had been referred to the state ministry of justice for legal counsel and decision.

He said that the Police had no powers in whatever decision that was taken subsequently.

Dasuki Galadanchi, the state Commissioner of Police, told The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, on the phone that the release of the women was sequel to an instruction given to him and the state commissioner for justice by the state governor, Rochas Okorocha.

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