Human rights activist, Omoyele Sowore has once more questioned the Nigeria Police over the continued arrest, detention, and mistreatment of 21-year-old Glory Okolie, who has been illegally detained for about 70 days.
Glory was arrested by the Intelligence Response Staff (IRT) of the police in Imo State on June 17, the identical day she took the 2021 Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination.
Sowore and a bunch, Behind Bars Human Rights Basis, have famous that officers of the IRT subsequently turned Glory right into a maid of their custody, washing and cooking for them.
A belated assertion launched by the police on Sunday, August 22, by the Deputy Pressure Public Relations Officer, CSP Aremu Adeniran, accused Glory of “complicity within the collection of deliberate and well-coordinated assaults on safety formations, different crucial nationwide infrastructure together with INEC workplaces and killing of safety operatives within the South-Jap a part of the nation”.
It continued, “The suspect, a local of Umutanza in Imo State, was arrested following ongoing investigations and implementation of particular operation, Operation Restore Peace, to amongst different issues, break the data, medication and arms provide chain to the outlawed Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, the Jap Safety Community within the South-East area.
“Police investigations revealed that Gloria Okolie is a member of the Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB)/Jap Safety Community (ESN) in Imo State who labored carefully with one Benjamin Uzoma Emojiri a.okay.a Onye Military, one of many ESN commanders earlier declared needed by the Police for his lead roles in planning, coordinating and executing the assault on the Imo State Police Command Headquarters and Imo State Headquarters of the Nigerian Correctional Service.
“Her arrest and the revelations from her confession assisted the Police within the arrest of Onye Military, a serious breakthrough within the quest to restoring legislation and order within the South-East area.”
Sowore, nonetheless, mentioned on Sunday it was “apparent that this belated press assertion was designed as a ruse to cowl up some police atrocities!”
He famous that if Glory was as harmful because the police had claimed, “why was she detained and used as a beast of burden to prepare dinner and assist law enforcement officials wash their garments at Tiger Base in Owerri, Imo?”
He mentioned, “FreeGloryOkolie: After utilizing Glory Okolie as beast of burden, abused by Nigeria Police Pressure officers and unlawfully detained for over 70 days, and upon realising that the world has taken discover of her illegal detention and abuse by law enforcement officials, the IGP of Police precipitated this ‘earthshaking’ press launch to be issued to demonise Glory Okolie. The primary few inquiries to the IGP are these:
“Why was she detained and used as a beast of burden to prepare dinner and assist law enforcement officials wash their garments at Tiger Base in Owerri, Imo if she is so harmful?
“Why not concern this launch since her arrest 70 days in the past?
“Why wasn’t she charged to court docket since her arrest when the legislation says you don’t have any proper to detain past 48 hours?
“Why was the man who uncovered her illegal detention additionally detained?”
Earlier, Sowore had narrated his expertise throughout his go to to the IRT of the Nigeria Police in Abuja, saying he and one among Glory’s legal professionals, Samuel Ihensekhien weren’t allowed to see the detainee.
“On Friday I visited the IRT workplaces of the Nigeria Police Pressure in Abuja to see if I might go to a 21-year-old feminine, Glory Okolie, who was arrested in Imo State and had remained unlawfully detained for 70 days, though I used to be accompanied by one among her legal professionals, Samuel Ihensekhien Jnr, the police officer who met us, their authorized officer at IRT in Abuja didn’t grant us entry to see her,” he mentioned.
“So on Friday I reported my expertise by way of my Fb web page as beneath:
“#FreeGlory I simply left the Nigeria Police Pressure IRT workplace in Abuja the place Glory Okolie is being detained for her alleged friendship with an #IPOB member. I went in firm of a lawyer, Samuel Ihensekhien, however the police detaining her denied us entry so we couldn’t see her, they claimed it was too late to allow us to go to on a Friday afternoon.
“21-year-old Miss Okolie has been in detention for greater than 67 days, the police have used her as a beast of burden whereas in detention in Imo state the place she was first detained on the dreaded ‘Tiger Base’ in Owerri and refused to cost her to court docket! That is so despicable! AND at this time the Inspector of Police precipitated the press assertion hooked up to be issued and right here once more, Nigerians are being taken for a trip.”
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