Omoyele Sowore, the Nigerian human rights activist, 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 gaggle, Behind Bars Human Rights Basis, have noted that officers of the IRT subsequently turned Glory right into a maid in their custody, washing and cooking for them.
A belated assertion launched by the police on Sunday, August 22, by way of the Deputy Power Public Relations Officer, CSP Aremu Adeniran, accused Glory of “complicity within the sequence 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-Japanese 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, medicine and arms provide chain to the outlawed Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB) and its armed wing, the Japanese Safety Community within the South-East area.
“Police investigations revealed that Gloria Okolie is a member of the Indigenous Folks of Biafra (IPOB)/Japanese Safety Community (ESN) in Imo State who labored intently with one Benjamin Uzoma Emojiri a.ok.a Onye Military, one of many ESN commanders earlier declared wished 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, nevertheless, stated 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 cook dinner and assist law enforcement officials wash their garments at Tiger Base in Owerri, Imo?”
He stated, “FreeGloryOkolie: After utilizing Glory Okolie as beast of burden, abused by Nigeria Police Power 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 brought about 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 cook dinner and assist law enforcement officials wash their garments at Tiger Base in Owerri, Imo if she is so harmful?
“Why not problem 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 haven’t any proper to detain past 48 hours?
“Why was the guy who uncovered her illegal detention additionally detained?”