Ezekwesili demands release of protesting Imo women

Oby Ezekwesili

Former Minister of Education and Coordinator of the Bring Back Our Girls (BBOG) Movement, Oby Ezekwesili, has called on the Nigerian Police to immediately release the women arrested in Imo State last Friday for protesting against the continued disappearance of Nnamdi Kanu, the leader of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB).

In messages posted to Twitter on Thursday, the former minister-turned activist called out the Federal Government, the police and Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State over the women’s arrest.

Ezekwesili expressed concern that the women were not granted bail as prescribed by the law but will be remanded in Prison till September especially as the magistrate made it clear in her ruling that her court had no jurisdiction to entertain the case.

Kanu was first arrested in October 2015 for demanding the separation of Nigeria from Biafra and was later granted bail in April 2017.

The pro-Biafran separatist group leader went missing in September 2017, when his Umuahia family compound was invaded by men of Nigeria Army.

The Nigeria government has since dismissed claims by Kanu’s family that he was being held in secret by the military and said Kanu was “hiding” somewhere.