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Women Detained Over IPOB Protest In Owerri Released

The 114 women suspected to be members of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB), arrested during a protest, were released by a High Court in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Friday evening.

The women were remanded by a magistrate’s court in Owerri on Monday and Thursday 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. 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.

While speaking to a correspondent, the Police prosecutor, Theaddus Okay, said 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 the Police had no powers in whatever decision that was taken subsequently.