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Civil Society Group gives IG 48hrs ultimatum to release Ogoni activist

By Olasunkanmi Akoni & Monsur Olowoopejo
A Civil Society, Coalition Against Illegal Arrest and Unlawful Detention (CAIA & UD), on Monday issued a-48- hour ultimatum to the Inspector -General of Police, Mr Hafeez Ringim with which  to release the National President of ‘No Bribe Club of Nigeria’ Chief Nadum Nwitua from kirikiri Maximum prison or face massive protest.

The group which gave out the ultimatum at a media briefing at the International Press Centre, Ogaba, in Lagos also gave the Police boss,  48 hours mandate to comply with the court judgement ordering the payment of the sum of N10 million damages to Mr. Isaiah Adewale who alleged that he was molested by men of the Nigerian Police Force.

However, the group also vowed to embark on a protest march to all parts of the state, if he fails to meet their demands at the end of the ultimatum.

Speaking on behalf of CAIA & UD, the Secretary General, Mr. Sulaimon Alimi said; “The arrest and detention is unlawful and we demand for his immediate release without any further delay.  Chief Nwitua was arrested on August 20, 2010 at his Abule Egba residence, Lagos by the Nigerian Police Force for unlawful detention and for impregnating one Miss Comfort Oseghele.

The five- count charges levelled against Nwitua on August 27, 2010 is a million away from the true scenario.”
The Secretary-General noted that he (Nwitua) would have been released if he had yielded to the demand of one Police officer at the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Panti Yaba, adding that the officer demanded for certain amount of money which the suspect declined.

The group further debunked an earlier claim that Nwitua was at Ikoyi Prison, saying, “on November 4, 2010, we carried out our investigation and we were able to discover that he was reminded at the Kirikiri minimum prison.”

The group claimed that Comfort who was sentenced to prison by a Magistrate court judge for stealing has been released from prison.


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