IPOB Women Regains Freedom As Court Strikes Out Case
- by Expresgist
A magistrate court sitting in Owerri has ordered the immediate release of 112 IPOB women arrested and detained by the Imo state police command.
The women, arrested on August 17 during a protest, were demanding the release of the leader of Indigenous People Of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.
They were consequently arraigned on allegations bothering on treason and unlawful assembly among other offences.
There arrest and detention attracted public condemnation as Amnesty International and other rights group as well as prominent Nigerians described it as a violation of their rights.
Confirming their release to newsmen, the lawyer representing the women, Sam Amadi, said that they were released following a directive by the state director of public prosecution.
Mr Amadi further disclosed that only about 12 of the women who were held in Okigwe prison are expected to released as well, adding that the case has been struck out.