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IPOB laments illegal detention of members

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By Dennis Agbo

ENUGU— THE Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, has condemned the incessant harassment, arrest and illegal detention of its members in different prisons and secret cells across the country.

IPOB members on solidarity march

IPOB Media and Publicity Secretary, Emma Powerful, noted particularly an alleged illegal detention of one of  its members, Bright Chimezie Ishinwa, in a DSS secret cell.

Powerful said IPOB was also worried about their members languishing in Port Harcourt prisons and the state CID headquarters.

Powerful said: “Nevertheless, we expect the Nigerian government and her security agencies to do the needful, either to release them on bail or charge them to court without further delay, if they are still alive in their custody.

“The Federal High court sitting in Abuja on February 6, 2017 declared IPOB as a legal organization but the Nigerian Police and other security agencies, who do not know the law are, busy breaking the law by  targetting peaceful members of IPOB.”

He alleged that on April 15, 2017, a top officer of a police station, ordered the kidnap of IPOB members who were doing evangelism for the restoration of the ancient nation of Biafra in Umuebulu 1 Etche in Etche Local Government Area of Rivers State.

“When the peaceful evangelism of IPOB family members were held on April 2, 2017, there was no arrest or kidnap until April 15, 2017 when the officer ordered  the kidnap of the IPOB members in the community.

“We, therefore, call on the international community, the European Union EU, African Union AU, all the relevant human rights organizations, men and women of good conscience around the globe to prevail upon the Nigeria government and her security agencies to stop harassing and intimidating IPOB members and release those who have been detained illegally in different prisons and secret cells across the country.”

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