A high court in Owerri on Friday evening released the 112 IPOB women, who were arrested during a protest in Owerri, the Imo State capital.
The women were arrested while peacefully protesting the ‘arrest’ of their leader, Nnamdi Kanu and also demanding a referendum before the 2019 elections. They were subsequently arraigned at a Magistrate Court by the Police, and charged with “treasonable felony” and “unlawful assembly”.
Public outcry followed their arraignment and bail denial, with civil society organisations and other stakeholders, demanding their immediate release.
The women were remanded by a magistrate’s court in Owerri on Monday and Thursday respectively, after they were arrested and arraigned by the Police for demanding to know the whereabouts of missing IPOB leader, Nnamdi Kalu.
The bail application filed by the lead counsel to the women, Ejiofor Uche, was not opposed, as the Police had no representation in court.
The court had granted the bail application, and freed the women unconditionally.
Their release sparked off wild jubilation on the court premises and within Owerri, the state capital.
The Police prosecutor, Theaddus Okay, told Punch Nigeria that the Police had no representation because the matter had been referred to the state ministry of justice for legal counsel and decision.
He said that the Police had no powers in whatever decision that was taken subsequently.