By Chinonso Alozie
Presidential aspirant of the Young Progressives Party, YPP, Mr. Kingsley Moghalu, yesterday staged a one-man protest to Owerri Prison, demanding the immediate release of 127 Pro Biafra women remanded in the prison. But in what could be described as a drama took place as the Deputy Comptroller General, DCG, of Nigeria Prisons in charge of Works and logistics, Charles Ahaotu, could not give attention to Moghalu, despite all entreaties.
He was said to be busy with official assignments. Even when he noticed Moghalu was standing in front of the office, Ahaotu, walked in and out of the offices several times.
However, Moghalu said: “I am here to take a stand for civil liberties, to take a stand for human rights and to take a stand for our democracy. “More than 112 women demonstrated last week making certain requests and they were thrown into prison. I am shocked that this kind of thing is happening in the Federal Republic of Nigeria. “Nigeria citizens have a right to peaceful protest. Nigeria citizens are not prisoners.
They should not be caged. People have a right to express themselves. You may or not agree with them as far as they are peaceful.” “Why would any society throw more than 112 women into prison. I think this is a gross abuse of their fundamental rights and it is time Nigerians took a stand.’’ The women were later released.