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Court orders release of 29 Obigbo residents detained by Army

A Magistrate Court at Wuse in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, has granted bail to 29 residents of Obigbo in Rivers State that were detained by the Nigerian Army in Abacha Army Barracks and other secret dungeons in Abuja.

The affected persons were detained after the recent military operation in the South-South area.

The Chief Magistrate of the court granted them bail following the application filed on their behalf by International Human Rights Lawyer, Richard Ebuka Okoroafor.

Barr Okoroafor had filed the bail application for the first 30 detainees.

One of the victims, though, could not be granted bail on religious ground after he claimed he is a Judaist and not a Christian.

The court, thereby, directed that he should look for a Rabbi to stand surety for him.

Meanwhile, the conditions for bail and releases of the 29 persons are being perfected.

The bail applications of the rest 150 will be hopefully processed after the yuletide holidays.

ElombahNews, on December 22, 2020, published a report by the International Society for Civil Liberties & Rule of Law (Intersociety) wherein it was stated that over 400 Obigbo residents were abducted with “150 detained incommunicado in Abacha Army Barracks Abuja and other secret dungeons”.

The Special Report was titled “The Return Of Decree 2: How 400 Obigbo residents or more were abducted by soldiers and transported to secret military dungeons in the north, 52 rescued in Niger State, 3 tortured to death and 150 languishing in Abacha Barracks in Abuja, etc.

Mayhem was reported in Obigbo Community of Rivers State after the state governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike reportedly directed the military to invade the area.

Reports said that Governor Wike made the directive following the alleged killing of four military operatives and two police men.

Wike alleged that they were murdered by members of the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).

IPOB has, however, denied their involvement in the alleged murder.

See list of the detainees below:

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