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Protest: Court grants 114 IPOB women bail

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Protest: Court grants 114 IPOB women bail

A High Court in Owerri, the Imo State capital, yesterday freed the 114 women protesters arrested on August 17 by the police while on a peaceful procession along the streets of Owerri. The women believed to be sympathetic to the proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) had earlier been arraigned in a Magistrate court last Monday.

The presiding Magistrate, S. Kadurumba, while stating that her court lacked jurisdiction on the matter, ordered that the women be remanded in prison custody and the case file taken to the Ministry of Justice for advice. Based on this, she, therefore, adjourned the case till September 3, 2018. Apparently following the massive outrage that has greeted their incarceration, the wheels of justice may have been accelerated for the women, who were against expectation, re-arraigned in an Owerri High Court yesterday. The court which sat way past 4pm seemed specially convened for the women as the police prosecution team were not in court.

The counsel to the 114 women, Uche Ejiofor, made their bail application which was not opposed and the presiding Judge granted the women bail unconditionally. Their release was received with jubilation by family members who thronged the Owerri prison premises to receive the women.

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