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Amnesty demands release of suspected female IPOB member

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Amnesty International has demanded the release of Gloria Okolie, the lady arrested for suspectedly being a member of the Eastern Security Network (ESN), the militant arm of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

The Police had, in a statement, said that 21-year-old Okolie was arrested in connection with the attacks on security personnel and formations in the South-East leading to the death of several security operatives.

In the statement, the police she is as an intermediate person who receives cash, drugs and weapons on behalf of IPOB/ESN and delivers same to their commanders in their camps.

The statement noted that through her clandestine criminal activities, she actively aided and abetted the multiple acts of murder, arson and malicious damage to both private and public property by ESN.

In reaction, however, global rights group, in a statement on its social media handle on Monday, expressed displeasure at her prolonged detention

Amnesty International demanded that she should be either released or charged to court with a recognisable offence.

The statement read: “The Nigerian Police must release Gloria Okolie.

“The 21-year-old student has been in detention since 17 June 2021 for alleged involvement with a suspected ESN/IPOB member.

“Her lawyer told Amnesty International that she was arrested by the IRT unit of the Nigerian Police in Imo State and taken to Abuja where she remains in detention without access to her family members and lawyer in violation of her human rights.

“Her lawyer also alleges that Gloria has been subjected to ill-treatment while in detention. The police also continued to extorting her family on false promises to release her.

“We are calling on police authorities to immediately release her or charge her with a recognisable offence.
“The police authorities must investigate her prolonged detention and alleged ill-treatment and ensure that officers found culpable are punished according to law.

“Amnesty International has in the past documented several cases of ill-treatment including sexual abuse of women in police detention.”

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