The Coalition of Civil Society Organisations has condemned the continued detention of Glory Okolie, a 21-year-old younger lady arrested and enslaved by operatives of the Inspector-Normal of Police’s Intelligence Response Staff (IRT) in Imo State.
The police had arrested Okolie for allegedly being associates with a suspected member of the proscribed Indigenous Individuals of Biafra (IPOB).
She was later transferred to Abuja, regardless of efforts by her members of the family to safe his launch.
After 66 days in detention, the police, in a press release stated she was arrested for alleged membership of IPOB and for working with one Uzoma Emojiri to assault officers and stations in Imo.
Her detention stirred public outcry as many Nigerians, together with civil society organisations, have referred to as for her launch.
Leaders of 45 CSOs in a joint assertion accused the police of detaining Okolie in flagrant disobedience to the orders of the Courtroom.
“The continued incommunicado detention of Gloria in flagrant disregard to a court docket order is irresponsible, unconstitutional and contemptuous of the Courtroom. It’s a additional violation of her elementary rights to non-public liberty, dignity of her human individual, presumption of innocence and truthful trial. The actions of the police quantity to a subversion of due course of and rule of regulation,” the CSOs stated.
“Part 35 of the Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ensures Gloria Okorie’s proper to liberty. The Structure offers that the place the Police arrests an individual, the police is required to convey the individual earlier than a court docket of competent jurisdiction inside 24 hours or 48 hours the place the court docket is just not inside a 40km radius. In any other case, the police are obligated to launch the accused or detained individual on bail.
“The failure by the Nigeria Police to guard Gloria Okorie’s elementary rights can be a transparent breach of the Police Act 2020 which establishes the Nigeria Police Drive and defines the bounds of its powers. Part 5(1) of the Police Act 2020 offers as follows:
“The Police Drive is chargeable for selling and defending the elemental rights of individuals in police custody as assured by the Structure. In Part 5(3), the Police Act additional offers as follows: Along with the provisions of subsection (1) and (2) of this part, the Police Drive can be charged with the duty of selling and defending the elemental rights of all individuals as assured below the African Constitution on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Ratification and Enforcement) Act and different worldwide authorized Devices on Human Rights to which Nigeria is a signatory.
“You will need to observe that Part 9 (2) of the Police Act makes the workplace of the Inspector-Normal of the Police chargeable for making certain that the above provisions of the Police Act are adhered to and that suspects have their rights protected always. The stated part offers as follows: The inspector-Normal shall, along with his features below this part make sure the discharge by the Police Drive of the duties referred to below part 5 of this Act and for this function the inspector-Normal shall: facilitate entry to authorized assist for suspects, accused individuals or detainees in police custody.
“Pursuant to the aforesaid, we hereby name on the Inspector Normal of Police to make use of his good workplaces to place an finish to the continued breach of Gloria Okorie’s elementary rights; make sure that his males adhere to the provisions of the regulation and the order of the Excessive Courtroom as acknowledged above and cease the additional trampling on the Rule of Regulation.
“The CJN, Hon. Justice Tanko Muhammad on September 23, 2019 famous that disobedience to court docket orders is a recipe for anarchy and admonished that:
“The rule of regulation have to be noticed in all our dealings and we should impress it on the governments in any respect ranges to actively toe the trail. The suitable of each citizen in opposition to any type of oppression and impunity have to be jealously guarded and guarded with the authorized instruments at our disposal. All binding court docket orders have to be obeyed. No person, regardless of his or her place, shall be allowed to toy with court docket judgments.
“We subsequently name on the Inspector-Normal of Police to order his males to launch Gloria Okorie on Bail instantly or in any other case cost her to court docket for prosecution if she has any case to reply. The continued illegal detention of Gloria Okorie and the contempt for the courts of the land solely worsen the detrimental public notion of the police and widen the belief hole. It additionally raises the suspicion that there’s extra to this act of impunity than meets the peculiar eyes. Why are the police shielding Gloria from entry to her household and legal professionals?
“The police, by their actions and posture, are solely lending credence to the fears expressed in some quarters that Gloria could have been violated together with sexually and certain impregnated. Going by data, this isn’t past the Nigeria Police. The police should dispel these fears and suspicion by instantly complying with court docket orders to launch Gloria with out additional delay.
“The Nigeria Police can’t be seen to be institutionalising impunity by participating in acts which are unconstitutional, illegal, irresponsible and lawless. We additionally name on the Inspector-Normal of Police to order the instant launch of the industrial motorcyclist re-arrested and detained for revealing Gloria Okorie’s secret detention by the police.”
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