The Alliance for New Nigeria political party(ANN) has described as abuse of human rights and justice system the arrest of the 112 Igbo women over peaceful protest demanding the whereabout of Indigenous People of Biafra(IPOB) leader, Nnamdi Kanu, and called for their immediate release.
In a terse statement by the party’s spokesperson, Akinloye Oyeniyi, the party unequivocally condemned the arrest and detention of the women who were only expressing their demand via peaceful protest by the police in Owerri led by the Imo state Commissioner of Police.
The party also called for the unconditional release of not only the 16 but all of the 112 hauled into detention.
“As a party with utmost respect for human dignity and rule of law, we strongly condemn the arrest and detention of the 122 women ranging from 20 to 64 years in age and thereby call for the immediate release of not the few 16 but all the 112 that were wrongly arrested.
“Apart from their constitutional rights to peaceful demonstrations, they also enjoy right to fair justice system and shouldn’t have been arraigned before magistrate Mrs S.K. Durumba in Owerri who ordered their detention in Owerri Prison citing non-jurisdiction of her court to entertain such suit.;, Oyeniyi said.